The South's favorite food critic, the investigation that helped free the slaves that peel your shrimp, and the enduring magic of chicken tenders — a collection of the food writing honored at this week's James Beard Awards. (Photo: Garrett Ziegler)
Friday, April 29
Evan Ratliff, a co-host of the Longform Podcast, discusses "The Mastermind,” his new 7-part serialized story in The Atavist Magazine.
“On several occasions [sources] didn’t want to go into the details of how they were identified. They were just like, ‘My safety is in your hands. Just be careful.’ And I didn’t really know what to do with that. I was sort of trying to balance what to include and what not to include and trying to make these decisions. Will Paul Le Roux know it’s this person? It’s impossible to know. I tried to err on the side of caution, but there’s no ethics hotline you can call and be like, ‘What do I do in this situation?’”
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A profile of a 25-year-old Spanish sensation.
Twenty-four years ago, a Missouri father plunged a needle filled with HIV-positive blood into his son’s vein. No one at the time could’ve imagined anything worse. But even more astonishing is the life the son turned out to live.
Thursday, April 28
A woman's dead father appears at a farmer's market.
What happened when two guys set out to convert their Colombian megachurch to Orthodox Judaism.
Novelist and essayist Jenny Diski died this morning. She had been writing a diary for the London Review of Books about her inoperable cancer. Her memoir, In Gratitude, was released last week. Browse our archive of her work, her complete LRB archive, and last year's profile of Diski in the New York Times Magazine.
Wednesday, April 27
There are 1.7 million active Uber riders in London, about half the daily ridership of the Tube. Three years ago, there were 5,000.
Susie Cagle is a journalist and illustrator.
“I don’t really know what it was that made me not quit. I still kind of wonder that. There have been many times over the last couple of years even, as things are taking off in my career, things are going well, I’m writing about wonderful things that are interesting to me, and I still wonder—should I be doing this? What the hell is next year gonna look like?”