“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.”
Tuesday, September 2
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.
The aging action star’s second wind abroad: political maneuvering, many guns and, most importantly, a market for his B movies.
Sunday, August 31
A trip to The Villages, a booming retiremement community outside Orlando, where the golf is free, casual sex is everywhere, and there is no cemetery.
Saturday, August 30
She moved to Cape Cod to escape the glitzy Manhattan world she born into. The only witness to her murder was her 2-year-old daughter. Everyone she knew, it seemed, was a suspect.
Previously: Vanessa Grigoriadis on the Longform Podcast.