The author reflects on a ballad of racial injustice.
Thursday, September 4
On the court system’s excessive fines.
Wednesday, September 3
The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
The case of Brett Kimberlin.
Emily Bazelon is a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and the author of Sticks and Stones.
"There’s nothing purely, or maybe even at all, altruistic about this exchange. It’s transactional in the Janet Malcolm classical sense, but also in the emotional sense. There is a way in which I’m super open. I take in these experiences. They keep me up at night. They really get inside me. But then, I'm also using them to craft whatever I’m working on."
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One rabbi’s tactics against husbands who refuse to divorce their wives.
On childhood amnesia, or why we don’t remember much before age seven.
Tuesday, September 2
“I did a few days on Franco’s As I Lay Dying, and the vibe on the set was very heavy and serious. The only thing I can equate it to is tripping with a bunch of your friends.”
A dispatch from Donetsk.
Previously: Keith Gessen on the Longform Podcast.
“They thought they were going to change the world,” he says of the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project volunteers. “They didn’t expect that white folks would be so vicious.”
Monday, September 1
In 1981, Mauritania became the last country on Earth to abolish slavery. The law had little effect; at least 140,000 people are still enslaved today. Their best hope for freedom is an abolitoinist named Biram Dah Abeid.