Tag: First Person

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My Misspent Youth

Life and debt as a young writer in New York.

Meghan Daum on the Longform Podcast
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Chicago Christmas, 1984

How John, a father of 14, lost Christmas.

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Life's Swell

On surfer girls in Maui; the story that led to the film Blue Crush.

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Zola's Story

A stripping trip to Florida gone horribly astray told across 158 tweets.

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What Would You Do If You Found a Bag of Human Ashes?

The challenge of finding answers about some abandoned cremains.

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

At age 22, the author went undercover at his old high school. An excerpt of the book that became the film.

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Wading Toward Home

Less than a week after Katrina, Michael Lewis goes home to New Orleans.

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Mister Lytle: An Essay

Memories of living with the writer Andrew Lytle late in his life.

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A Negro Schoolmaster in the South

Two summers spent teaching and living in the hills of Tennessee.

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Consider the Lobster

A trip to a lobster festival leads to an examination of the culinary and ethical dimensions of cooking a live, possibly sentient, creature.

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What Is Poetry? And Does It Pay?

A trip to the Famous Poets Society convention/contest in Reno.

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Sky High

On fireworks, and the “pyros” who practice the art.