Michael Morton approached the witness box. It was a bright, clear morning in March, and a few dozen family members, journalists, and curious onlookers had gathered at the Tom Green County courthouse,…
PUBLISHED: May 22, 2013
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6671 words)
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No. 1 An Oxford philosopher argues that we are not adequately accounting for technology's risks—but his solution to the problem is not for Luddites. "Human beings have been around for roughly…
Jerry Seinfeld: How to Write a Joke: The comedian describes the anatomy of his Pop-Tart joke, still a work in progress, and shows his longhand writing process.
Probably the least fun event of my life occurred on the night when two friends of mine took me to Knott’s Berry Farm in Los Angeles. The Halloween Haunt had lured us there. Around Halloween,…
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2659 words)
This story produced in partnership with The Awl. In February 1970, at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a pregnant woman named Colette MacDonald and her two children, Kimberley, 5, and…
LENGTH: 23 minutes (5768 words)
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“The Writer” (2009) by Kelly C. Tate. I work on and off as a fact-checker at the most accurate magazine in America. I think so, at least. The checker assigned to this piece may come up…
AUTHOR:James Pogue James Pogue has written for The New Yorker and n+1. He now lives in New Orleans and is working on a novel.
PUBLISHED: Aug. 27, 2012
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6597 words)
11 P.M.: ONE SATURDAY NIGHT IN APRIL, BRINGING THE SHITSHOWWhen you see the entrance to Marquee at 11 P.M. on a Saturday, you know why the promoters call this process "bringing the shitshow." Massing…