The Art of the Con: Four Stories About Scams
There are lots of well-told stories about con men, Craigslist hoaxes and financial scams—here are a few of my favori
Author: Emily Perper
Source: Longreads
Published: May 24, 2015
The Father I Did Not Know

Interspersed with memories of his childhood in Africa, Bart Moore-Gilbert searches for information about his deceased father's secretive past as a police officer in colonial India. This essay is excerpted from The Setting Sun: A Memoir of Empire and Family Secrets.

Source: Berfrois
Published: Sept. 29, 2014
Length: 21 minutes (5460 words)
Why the Press Is Wrong About Bernie Sanders

Steve Hendricks looks at why the press loves to hate underdogs, and how their treatment of Bernie Sanders belies the fact that he just might have a shot.

Published: May 21, 2015
Length: 9 minutes (2487 words)
Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade?
A controversial experiment at Fieldston Lower School to open up a discussion about race by sorting students into racial groups has divided a group of liberal parents.
Author: Lisa Miller
Published: May 19, 2015
Length: 27 minutes (6849 words)
By Reason of Insanity

The high-profile murder trial that led to America's first successful insanity plea: It involved a congressman who shot a man he believed was having an affair with his wife.

Author: Alexis Coe
Published: May 22, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1850 words)
Diane Arbus, Uncropped: A Reading List
Diane Arbus was renowned for photographing people on the margins, such as the mentally challenged, dwarves, giants, sideshow performers, crossdressers, and transsexuals. Was she merely a privileged voyeur of the vulnerable or an unsung champion of sexual and societal minorities? Here are five stories that will help you cut through the controversy.
Source: Longreads
Published: May 21, 2015
How Indie Rock Changed the World

The story of indie rock music and its influence on culture.

Source: The Atlantic
Published: June 1, 2015
Length: 19 minutes (4850 words)
O. Henry Prize Winners: The Best Short Stories of 2015

A new collection of stories awarded the 2015 O. Henry Prize.

Author: Editors
Source: Literary Hub
Published: May 21, 2015
Unclimbable

Eva Holland explores what it means to comprehend and embrace your limits —to know yet avoid the precipice between courage and humility—on a climbing expedition to the Yukon Territories’ famed Cirque of the Unclimbables.

Author: Eva Holland
Source: SB Nation
Published: May 21, 2015
Length: 31 minutes (7907 words)
Tuesdays with Zinsser

Mark Singer remembers his former teacher, On Writing Well author William Zinsser, who died May 12.

Author: Mark Singer
Published: May 20, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1814 words)
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