On parenting a sick child.
On parenting a sick child.
“This is the story of the past three years of my life. It’s romance in a way, but it’s also a breakup story.”
On getting weight reduction surgery.
“We must be grateful for the smallest of blessings. Last week I saw and heard some things that provided a measure of hope and nuance in these grim and hysterical times.”
What motivates men like Harvey Weinstein?
“What happens when the thing that might save you is also the thing that might destroy the world?”
"4chan value system, like Trump’s ideology, is obsessed with masculine competition (and the subsequent humiliation when the competition is lost). Note the terms 4chan invented, now so popular among grade schoolers everywhere: “fail” and “win”, “alpha” males and “beta cucks”. This system is defined by its childlike innocence, that is to say, the inventor’s inexperience with any sort of “IRL” romantic interaction. And like Trump, since these men wear their insecurities on their sleeve, they fling these insults in wild rabid bursts at everyone else. Trump the loser, the outsider, the hot mess, the pathetic joke, embodies this duality. "
Myth, storytelling, and lore in the most disappointing clubhouses of America’s pastime.
The writer reconnects with an old acquaintance who ten years earlier committed one of the most notorious crimes in New York history.
What really happened at 2475 Glendower Place.
How an Italian businessman facing fraud charges and a Brazilian politician turned a billion dollar project to build the high speed Rio-São Paulo rail line into a farce.
Scenes of grief, from the sister of comedian Harris Wittels.
Three brothers, imprisoned and hunted by a cruel knight.
"Who am I? I do not know how he changed our names. But in this world of lions and giants and the blinding shine of armor, I am called Joyless, as if it were a name."
The art of the voiceover.
A pair of hardware hackers bond and brainstorm.
"I grabbed a corner and walked backward. The box was heavy, but it was mostly just huge, and when we reached his beat-up minivan, he kicked the tailgate release and then laid it down like a bomb-disposal specialist putting a touchy IED to sleep. He smacked his hands on his jeans and said, 'Thanks, man. That lens, you wouldn’t believe what it’s worth.' Now that I could see over the top of the box, I realized it was mostly padding, layers of lint-free cloth and bubblewrap with the lens in the center of it all, the gadget beneath it. "
The rebirth of the World Trade Center.
How Gary Gygax, a semi-employed shoe repairman, built and lost the Dungeons & Dragons empire.
Behind the nation’s closed doors, with YouTube.
How CREW and MUSTIE decide what books stay in a library's circulation.
In appreciation of meaningful, ubiquitous, enduring applications.
Previously: Paul Ford on the Longform Podcast.
On the fast food workers of St. Louis.
"For 20 beautiful years, my homeland was open and (kind of) free. Now, I fear, it’s closing back up."
Previously: Keith Gessen on the Longform Podcast.
An essay on how to turn a sizable book advance into a sizable debt.
After eight women are murdered in Louisiana, what was initially thought to be the work of a serial killer becomes something much more troubling.
An ambivalent look at Google Glass, the “Model T of wearable computing.”