A profile of Merle Haggard.
A profile of Merle Haggard.
How three generations of a Brazilian family evangelized for and fought over the sport of Gracie jiu-jitsu as it moved from the Amazon to Hollywood to the UFC.
The people who survived Katrina, ten years later.
On June 4, 1989, the bodies of Jo, Michelle and Christe were found floating in Tampa Bay. This is the story of the murders, their aftermath, and the handful of people who kept faith amid the unthinkable.
The lives of six people who survived the atomic bombing.
An essay, originally published over two issues, on how and why we forget war.
The full text of a 20,000-word ebook on the interpreters who worked alongside American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their fates once they were no longer of service.
The Interpreters is also available free on Amazon.
A 42,000-word, 3-continent spanning “hacker tourist” account of the laying of the (then) longest wire on earth.
Published across three consecutive issues and later adapted into the book (and mini-series) Generation Kill, the story of bullets, bombs and a Marine platoon at war in Iraq.
Previously: Evan Wright on the Longform Podcast.
The story of a massacre in El Salvador.
A 22,000-word profile of the Yahoo CEO.
An inquiry into the assassination of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister.
Michael Quinn took on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – and lost.
On the country’s poorest.
The story of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
“I am talking here about a time when I began to doubt the premises of all the stories I had ever told myself, a common condition but one I found troubling.”
“Reg Smythe was the greatest British newspaper strip cartoonist of the 20th Century – and second only to Peanuts’ Charles Schulz on a global scale. So why don’t we treat him that way?”
In short order, eight gay men in Texas were murdered by teenage boys.
Enbridge, Inc. spilled more than a million gallons of tar sands crude into the Kalamazoo River. Was John Bolenbaugh fired for refusing to cover this up?
The inside story of the Affordable Care Act.
In 1970s Britain, conservative philosophy was the preoccupation of a few half-mad recluses. Searching the library of my college, I found Marx, Lenin, and Mao, but no Strauss, Voegelin, Hayek, or Friedman. I found every variety of socialist monthly, weekly, or quarterly, but not a single journal that confessed to being conservative.
A young Brit goes against the political grain.
Gentrification and its discontents in Paris, throughout the centuries.
An examination of Mitt Romney’s record on abortion.
The most dreadful men to live with are those who thus alternate between angel and devil.
Not long before she died, Anne Isabella Noel Byron gave a wide-ranging interview to the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Most notoriously, she accused her husband, Lord Byron, of carrying on a “secret adulterous intrigue” with his half-sister.
The Atlantic lost 15,000 subscribers in the months following publication of this article.
An essay on Orson Welles’ (and/or Herman Mankiewicz’s) 1941 film Citizen Kane.