Saturday, September 19


In Conversation With Nancy Meyers

“Over the years, it’s been hard to get male movie stars to be in a movie if a woman’s the lead, where a great, great movie star, a woman, will be in a movie where the man’s the lead. So there’s just not parity there, we’re not on equal footing.”

Telling JJ

The delicate process of telling a ten-year-old she is HIV-positive.

Friday, September 18


The Contemporary Novel

In which Eliot analyzes Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and D.H. Lawrence.


Saving for a Daughter But Not a Son

A father’s attempt to combat the wage gap.

"How do we give Ivy the same opportunities as Abe? Do we praise her 21.7 percent more? Hug her 21.7 percent harder?"

The Road to Damascus

While a Marine stationed in Afghanistan, Austin Tice decided he wanted to become a war photographer. He entered Syria and filed stories for McClatchy and the Washington Post. Then he disappeared.

Thursday, September 17


Terrence Howard's Dangerous Mind

“He’d gotten hold of this notion that one times one doesn’t equal one, but two. He began writing down his logic, in a language of his own devising that he calls Terryology. He wrote forward and backward, with both his right and left hands, sometimes using symbols he made up that look foreign, if not alien, to keep his ideas secret until they could be patented.”


What the World Got Wrong About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

‘‘Just imagine what it was like to be him,’’ Walton added. ‘‘It was 50 years of him being 18 inches taller than everyone and having the brain that he had. Imagine being this jazz head coming up during black power. This is just a dude who has a different head.’’

Fiction Pick of the Week: "We Men of Science"

A story of science, weirdness, and alternate realities.


The Murder House

What really happened at 2475 Glendower Place.

Wednesday, September 16


Cattle Calls

There’s a new endangered species in rural America: veterinarians.

Longform Podcast #158: Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler is a staff writer for The New Yorker.

“It may have helped that I didn’t have a lot of ideas about China. You know, it was sort of a blank slate in my mind. …I wasn’t a reporter when I went to Fuling, but I was thinking like a reporter or even like a sociologist: try to respond to what you see and what you hear, and not be too oriented by things you’ve heard from others or things you may have read. Be open to new perceptions of the place or of the people.”

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