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How to Write About Tax Havens and the Super-Rich: An Interview with Nicholas Shaxson

Last year Nicholas Shaxson published a Vanity Fair article, "A Tale of Two Londons," that described the residents of one of London’s most exclusive addresses—One Hyde Park—and the accounting acrobatics they had performed to get there.

Shaxson’s piece was one of the best long-form pieces I read last year (I did in fact believe this before I met him, but you can take that with a grain of salt if you’d like), and last week I asked Shaxson to sit down with me for a proper conversation about how the story came about and whether it achieved what he wanted.

PUBLISHED: Feb. 12, 2014
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1938 words)

Member Exclusive: How the Light Gets In

Our latest Exclusive comes from author Elissa Schappell, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and co-founder and editor at large of Tin House, which is where she published "How the Light Gets In"—a story about a life changed by seizures. (Subscribe to Longreads to receive this and other exclusives.)

"To say it is a curse would be to lie. This is what I wrote in my journal in 1993, when I was twenty-nine. The handwriting is tiny and childlike, recognizable to no one but me as the way I wrote only after suffering a temporal lobe seizure. The brain's temporal lobes, situated over each ear, swoop back from the temples like the wings on the thunder god's helmet, which is fitting, given the ominous auras that sometimes rumble through my brain before a seizure.

"However, they don't always portend a terrible storm, and while 'suffering' accurately depicts 99 percent of my seizures, 1 percent have been transcendent."
SOURCE:Tin House
PUBLISHED: Oct. 1, 2011
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3760 words)