Thursday, March 19


Fiction Pick of the Week: "Maybe We Should Get Tattoos and Other Possibilities For Happiness"

Family problems and a myriad of solutions.

"I don’t know if my husband and I are on the way to church or a hangover. It is too early in the drive to tell. The first Thursday of every month, my husband’s sister comes over to watch the kids. They are too old for a sitter, but the older one keeps trying to kill herself and we don’t want to risk it. Always keep an eye on them, I tell my sister-in-law. Don’t leave them alone for a second, not even to ice a cake, organize a closet, dry the dishes, say a prayer."


The Woman Who Froze in Fargo

A woman thought a Coen brothers movie was a “true story” and tracked it to her death. Now someone’s made a fictional film about her, further blurring the lines between reality and artifice.

Wednesday, March 18


The Sting

The long arm of the DEA reaches into Liberia to bust a cocaine trafficker.


Harper Lee’s Forgotten True-Crime Project

Many people hoped that this would be the second book she’d publish.

Longform Podcast #133: Adam Platt

Adam Platt is the restaurant critic for New York.

“My job was described to me recently as ‘the last great job of the 20th century.’ I think there might be something to that.”

Thanks to TinyLetter, Lynda, Casper, and Wealthfront for sponsoring this week's show.

Show notes »

Like a Prayer

Squeamish though they might be about God, even the totally irreligious can find some comfort in praying.


Rogue Wounds

A brief history of pretending to be sick.

Tuesday, March 17


Luminous Life

In the deep ocean, a swimming sea-worm called a “green bomber” can throw sacs of light when attacked.


The Accident

An essay on a fatal car crash in the author’s youth.


Inside Baghdad's Brutal Battle Against ISIS

Even ISIS’s opponents are hard men who understand terror.


Desperately Seeking Susan

Being friends with Susan Sontag was thrilling, but also “shot through in the end with mutual irritation.”

Monday, March 16


Happy Ugly Feet

What’s behind the cyclical fashionability of the monstrously ugly Birkenstock?