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Saturday, October 4

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The Good Story

A novelist and a psychotherapist discuss truth, fiction and the stories we tell ourselves.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Peripheral"

Gamers, celebrities, military veterans, and publicists populate a capitalist future.

Excerpted from Gibson's forthcoming novel.

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This Is My Beloved Son

The fall of Richard Roberts, anointed son and successor of televangelist Oral Roberts, who was fired as president of Oral Roberts University and evicted from the home he’d lived in for nearly 50 years.

Friday, October 3

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The Contestant

Ruth Thalí became an overnight sensation on a game show. Then she disappeared.

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Pictures from an Institution

On Leon Botstein and the future of Bard College, which he has run for four decades.

Alice Gregory on the Longform Podcast.
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Battered, Bereaved and Behind Bars

Arlena Lindley’s boyfriend Alonzo Turner beat her for months and murdered her child. So why was she sent to prison for 45 years?

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Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives

Inside the political battle over reproductive rights in Texas.

Thursday, October 2

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Fascinating Fascism

On a book of photographs shot by Leni Riefenstahl in the 1950s and 1960s depicting an African tribe.

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Jason Molina's Long Dark Blues

How the seminal midwestern songwriter behind Songs:Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. descended into dipsomania.

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux

An essay on the pitcher, friendship and death.

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Playboy Interview: David Fincher

“It was offensive to me on a certain level that when Saw and those other movies came out, people said, “Well, torture porn really started with Seven.” Fuck you. There’s enough pervy shit going on in Seven that I don’t have to get on my high horse to defend its artistic sensibilities.”