The Awl

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The Plath Resolution

On self-improvement, New Year’s resolutions, and Sylvia Plath.

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The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders

San Francisco’s forgotten serial killer.

Elon Green is a Longform contributing editor.
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Bonfire of the Inanities

A history of the New York Times Styles section.

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The Faulkner Truthers

Is a well-received work of William Faulkner scholarship a hoax?

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It's Adventure Time

Deep inside the world of Cartoon Network’s most popular show.

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A Q&A With A Vacuum Cleaner Salesman

How do you sell a $3000 vacuum?

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Inside The Barista Class

An essay on the service economy.

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Blockbusters

From bombs to a boxer, variations on a name.

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The Letter

How Robert Gottlieb quelled a rebellion and saved The New Yorker.

Note: Elon Green is a contributing editor to Longform.

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I Was Paid $12.50 an Hour to Write This Story

The economics of freelance journalism in 2013.

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Shutter Madness

On photographer Garry Winogrand and the unedited archive of more than half a million exposures he left behind.

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Our Radical Future: Cults, Utopias and Rebellions of the 1890s

On the holy city of Canudos, and other attempts at better living “by the dispossessed and marginalized the world over.”