Saturday, April 16

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The Last Gentleman

George Trow’s Within the Context of No Context was a brilliant, scary vision of a cultural end-time. Then, having described it, he lived it, spiraling into madness.

Hear Ariel Levy discuss this article and more on the Longform Podcast.

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The Untold Story of the Teen Hackers Who Transformed the Early Internet

Bill Landreth was one of the whiz kids, poking around Pentagon servers with the friends he had never met. But one of them was an FBI informant.

Friday, April 15

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The Battle Over the Sea-Monkey Fortune

It involves a former 1960s bondage film actress, a Jewish neo-Nazi, the husband of the speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, and a whole lot of creative marketing.

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The Hell After ISIS

As ISIS retreats, new horrors emerge for a Sunni family.

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Immediate Family

A profile of author Maggie Nelson.

Thursday, April 14

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The Wiz

Navigating life as a brilliant teenage girl.

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Farm to Fable

Restaurants that promise locally sourced ingredients are almost always lying.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Step In"

A mysterious stone and the complexities of grief.

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The Secret Rules of the Internet

On the history of content moderation and what it means for the future of free speech.

Previously: "The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed"

Wednesday, April 13

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The Last True Days of Kobe Bryant

A playoff push. A torn Achilles.

Longform Podcast #188: Nate Silver

Nate Silver is the founder of FiveThirtyEight and the author of The Signal and the Noise.

“I know in a perfectly rational world, if you make an 80/20 prediction, people should know that not only will this prediction not be right all the time, but you did something wrong if it’s never wrong. The 20% underdog should come through sometimes. People in sports understand that sometimes a 15 seed beats a 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. That’s much harder to explain to people in politics.”

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