Friday, May 8

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The Pious Spy

A Taliban intelligence chief’s death and resurrection.

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She Could Be An Olympic Runner, But Her Brain Is At War With Her Body

On Amaris Tyynismaa, the 14-year-old star runner who has Tourette’s.

Thursday, May 7

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Relentless

The sheriff of Putnam County, Georgia, finally meets a case he can’t solve.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Girls Like That Eat Lemon Poundcake"

Southern generational and gender divides.

"I got the word. When I saw her turning up the earth for peonies, it was like those clumps of hard red clay were speaking to me. Those spindly arms of hers with tattoos down to her elbows begged for someone with a hearty dose of Luke, Matthew, and Paul."

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The Most Unusual Art Gift Ever

The holdings of the Seattle Art Museum are historically male-dominated. When Matthew Offenbacher won a prize for his own art, he decided to use it to beef up their queer and female holdings.

Wednesday, May 6

Longform Podcast #140: George Quraishi

George Quraishi is the co-founder and editor of Howler.

“We raised $69,001. And that paid for the first issue. I call it subsistence magazine making, because every issue pays for the next one.”

Thanks to this week's sponsors: TinyLetter, Squarespace, The Great Courses, and Aspiration.

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Craps and Cryogenics

How an eccentric industrialist bought Atlantic City’s shuttered Revel casino at a firesale price with a goal to turn it into a “life-extension facility.”

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Bullsh*t.

An inside look at how an ad agency sells a car in 2015.

Jessica Pressler on the Longform Podcast
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Autobiography of a Body

On equating beauty with self-worth.

Tuesday, May 5

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Lusitania: The Epic Battle Over Its Biggest Mystery

Gregg Bemis is an 87-year-old retired venture capitalist who owns the salvage rights to the Lusitania. He’s determined to prove an alternate theory as to why the ship was attacked in 1915. Unfortunately, the Irish government isn’t so into his plan.