Thursday, October 2

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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.”

Wednesday, October 1

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Exodus

Elon Musk’s dreams of colonizing Mars.

"Fuck Earth!" Elon Musk said to me, laughing. "Who cares about Earth?"

Longform Podcast #111: Anne Helen Petersen

Anne Helen Petersen writes for BuzzFeed. Her book Scandals of Classic Hollywood is out this week.

"I was obsessed with Entertainment Weekly from the very first issue and I obsessively catalogued it. I made a database on my Apple IIe where I put in the title of the magazine and the number and whether it was a little 'e' or a big 'E' on the cover and the different topics and then I gave it a grade. You know how in Entertainment Weekly they give everything a grade, so I’d be like 'Oscar’s Issue: A minus.' But I learned how to obsessively track Hollywood industry even though I grew up in a very small town in northern Idaho."

Thanks to TinyLetter, Bonobos, and EA SPORTS FIFA 15 for sponsoring this week's episode.

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Louisiana Is Disappearing Into the Sea

“Since 1932, the Gulf of Mexico has swallowed 2,300 square miles of the state’s wetlands, an area larger than Delaware. If no action is taken, the missing Delaware will become a missing Connecticut, and then a missing Vermont.”

Nathaniel Rich on the Longform Podcast.
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The Ballad of Buddy

Buddy Cianci, former Providence mayor and convicted felon, is running for the city’s top office. Again.

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A Hundred Women

Why a decades-long string of murders near the Mexican border has gone unsolved.

Tuesday, September 30

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The Self-Made Man

The story of an American myth.

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Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Madewell’s authenticity problem, written by the great-grandson of the company’s founder.

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The Leftovers

Paula Deen’s martyrdom industrial complex. On a cruise ship.