Theft and magic in the early 20th century.
Thursday, August 20
Tracking down the very best in Grateful Dead concert concessions.
Wednesday, August 19
The Academy of Art University in San Francisco is very profitable for the family who runs it. But not so much for the students who attend in hopes of becoming artists.
William Finnegan is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life.
“I suppose in retrospect I was just trying to find out what the world held that nobody could tell me about until I got there. I was a big reader and had a couple of degrees by that point, but there was something out well over the horizon that I wanted to get near and record and understand, and I even felt like it would transform me.”
It was the failed dream of the heir to the Frank-o-Matic sausage-link machinery fortune.
Tuesday, August 18
“The central conflict of domestic life right now is not men versus women, mothers versus fathers. It is family versus money.”
“In an industry in which millions of people are invested in his success – in which he’s constantly being advised, praised and berated, often by total strangers – Revis’ tranquillity might be his greatest asset. He isn’t just an island. He’s a fortress.”
The tale of the first conviction overturned on faulty arson science.
Monday, August 17
On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which led to the movie and the show.Previously: Buzz Bissinger on the Longform Podcast