Thursday, March 19

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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."

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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

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The Sting

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

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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.

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Like a Prayer

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

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Rogue Wounds

A brief history of pretending to be sick.

Tuesday, March 17

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Luminous Life

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

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The Accident

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

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Inside Baghdad's Brutal Battle Against ISIS

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

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Desperately Seeking Susan

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

Monday, March 16

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Happy Ugly Feet

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