Going All In: An Oral History of ‘Rounders’

“How two first-time screenwriters, a guy from Montana, and a pair of up-and-coming movie stars made the greatest poker movie ever.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Sep 20, 2018
Length: 44 minutes (11,214 words)

A Prescription for Forgetting

A personal essay in which Diane Mehta tries to manage anxiety with meditation that requires her to discard all her memories.

Published: Sep 21, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,706 words)

Because Men

“I watch the night sky and wait, for any touch that feels deliberate because I want to be reasonable. I want to be sure before I rise up out of my seat like a viper to strike, injecting him with venom of bitter revenge. I won’t not do anything this time.”

Source: The Offing
Published: Sep 20, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,722 words)

What Do We Owe Her Now?

In 2006, a high school student in Arlington, Texas named Amber Wyatt reported that she had been raped by two classmates. Authorities failed to help her and she was ostracized by her community. Twelve years later, Wyatt’s case remains unresolved, a troubling reminder that justice doesn’t always find a way.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Sep 19, 2018
Length: 37 minutes (9,475 words)

How Puerto Rico Became the Newest Tax Haven for the Super Rich

Sometimes trash washes ashore after a huge tropical storm. Sometimes opportunists do.

Source: GQ
Published: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,227 words)

Melting Away

Serial relocation of the semi-nomadic, reindeer-herding Evenki is not only destroying their culture and language, it’s endangering the reindeer as a species. Who’s to blame? The Chinese government, who has insisted on relocating the Evenki herders three times since 1949.

Source: Sixth Tone
Published: Sep 1, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,472 words)

Henry

Actor, writer, and producer Rob Delaney shares his family’s gut-wrenching experience with a sick child.

Source: Medium
Published: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,476 words)

The Pioneer of Ruin

Cisco, Utah isn’t a ghost town. Thirty-four year old Eileen Muza lives there, for now.

Published: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,959 words)

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong

“Years from now, we will look back in horror at the counterproductive ways we addressed the obesity epidemic and the barbaric ways we treated fat people—long after we knew there was a better path.”

Published: Sep 19, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,450 words)

Tell Me It’s Going to Be OK

“Believers in capitalist liberal democracies may cluck at the over-the-top Maoist inquisitions devoted to revolutionary self-criticism, but our society encourages us to practice the same extravagant self-loathing, only privately.”

Source: The Baffler
Published: Sep 10, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,679 words)