Wednesday, May 13


The Wasting

A plague leads sea stars to tear off their own arms.

Nathaniel Rich on the Longform Podcast

Longform Podcast #141: Stephen J. Dubner

Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics. Their latest book, When to Rob a Bank, came out last week.

“I’ve abandoned more books than I’ve written, which I’m happy about. I’m very pro-quitting. We get preached this idea that if you quit something, if you don’t see something through to completion then you’re a loser, you’re a failure. I just think that’s a crazy way to look at things. But it’s also easy to overlook opportunity costs. Like, what could I be doing instead?”

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My Dad Tried to Kill Me With an Alligator

On being among giant reptiles with a parent you don’t understand.

Tuesday, May 12


The Wedding Sting

A faked marriage between undercover agents leads to the arrest of a dozen drug dealers.


‘I Put in White Tenants’

The grim, racist methods of a New York City landlord.


Visions and Revisions

Maintaining the manual On Writing Well.


Can Horse Racing Be Cleaned Up?

Doping is a problem for equine sports, too.


Navigating a New Reality

The informal network of volunteers that keep abortion access open in Texas.

Monday, May 11


Blur Lines

The ups and downs of a beloved British pop band.


Who Funds the Future?

Inside the mind of Marc Andreessen.


Returning to the Nepal Earthquake

The humanitarian crisis the rest of the world has already forgotten about.