“I was in the visiting clubhouse waiting to interview one of the Oakland A’s this year when one of the players called, ‘Here, pussy’—as though he were calling a cat. But of course, he hadn’t lost Fluffy; he’d found a woman in his locker room.”
Friday, November 28
A mine fire in May killed 301 men, making it the worst industrial disaster in Turkish history. This is the story of two men who lived through it.
Why people stampede, and what can be done to prevent “crowd disasters.”
Thursday, November 27
The Tiwonge Chimbalanga, a transgender woman who was imprisoned four years ago in Malawi for getting engaged to a man. Pardoned and freed, she now scrapes by living in exile in South Africa.
A former employee’s horror stories.
Wednesday, November 26
Surviving a trip to see the family for Thanksgiving.
“How I envy people who enjoy the company of their parents without the aid of pharmaceuticals.”
Reprinted from for the Holidays and Other Calamities.
Alec Wilkinson is a staff writer for The New Yorker.
“My hero was Joseph Mitchell, that was how you did reporting. There was nothing conniving about it or cunning — you just simply kept returning and kept returning.”
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A profile of Anita Sarkeesian, who has recieved death threats as she exposes misogyny in the $25 billion video game industry.
On Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik and the rise of Islamophobia in Norway.
Tuesday, November 25
The rapper who never grew up.
Previously: "The Zen of Eminem," Zadie Smith's 2005 profile for Vibe.