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“Why’s this so good?” No. 86: Ian Frazier and the hidden city

by Casey N. Cep | November 5, 2013 Don’t talk about the weather. Don’t ask anybody where they’re from or where they went to school. Oh, and don’t worry if they…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 5, 2013
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1756 words)

Annotation Tuesday! Gay Talese and “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold”

by Elon Green | October 8, 2013
AUTHOR:Elon Green
PUBLISHED: Oct. 8, 2013
LENGTH: 94 minutes (23651 words)

Letter from the Archive: Janet Flanner and Rebecca West

One of the common complaints of even the most loyal readers of The New Yorker—trust me, I’ve heard them all!—is that the issues tend to stack up, physically or digitally, and…
PUBLISHED: Aug. 23, 2013
LENGTH: 1 minutes (377 words)


On a bright Thursday afternoon in 2007, Jennifer Boatright, a waitress at a Houston bar-and-grill, drove with her two young sons and her boyfriend, Ron Henderson, on U.S. 59 toward Linden,…
PUBLISHED: Aug. 12, 2013
LENGTH: 45 minutes (11250 words)

Longreads Member Pick: Someone Could Get Hurt (Chapter 1), by Drew Magary

Introduction For this week's Member Pick, we're thrilled to share the first chapter of Drew Magary's new memoir on fatherhood,  "I was in the middle of writing a second novel that would…
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1103 words)

Cover Story: Daft Punk

Daft Punk started working on Random Access Memories in 2008, playing almost everything on their own and making loops, just like they had done before. But it didn't feel right. “It became clear…
LENGTH: 3 minutes (916 words)

“Why’s this so good?” No. 76: William Nack and “Pure Heart”

by Don Van Natta Jr. | April 23, 2013 I still remember where I was—sitting in a dive bar in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., trying to tune out the noise from the beach bums and a jukebox blaring…
PUBLISHED: April 23, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2753 words)

“Why’s this so good?” No. 75: Dan P. Lee and the father who lost everything

by Joe Keohane | April 9, 2013 My estimable friend and former colleague Paul Kix recently wrote a column in this space on John Jeremiah Sullivan. In it he cited an essay Sulliv
PUBLISHED: April 9, 2013
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2067 words)

“How’d you find that secret-compartments story, Brendan Koerner?”

Brendan Koerner’s recent Wired piece about Alfred Anaya, a “genius at installing secret compartments in cars,” was nothing short of delicious as a piece of storytelling and…
PUBLISHED: April 5, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (815 words)