‘We’re Creating a World That Feels True’

“Getting television from an idea in someone’s head to the screen in your living room (or on your laptop) is difficult, fast-paced, and complicated work.” Caroline Framke shadows the crew of FX’s The Americans during the production of season four and offers a closer look at how a TV show is made.

Source: Vox
Published: Jun 9, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,487 words)

Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs

A powerful in-depth look at the human costs of bringing auto parts factory jobs to Alabama — with inadequate training for employees and unreasonable expectations for output. “American consumers are not going to want to buy cars stained with the blood of American workers.”

Published: Mar 24, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,588 words)

Excerpts from Taxi

A selection of Khaled Al Khamissi’s short story collection Taxi appears in the International Writers edition of the literary magazine Ninth Letter. A bestseller in Egypt, Taxi contains fifty-eight fictional monologues of Cairo cabbies, and paints a rich portrait of North African life through the voices of the people.

Source: Ninth Letter
Published: Oct 1, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,292 words)

A Thousand Feet Per Second: OK Computer’s Sublime Velocity

On the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s OK Computer, Anwen Crawford writes an analysis of — and love letter to — the album that “manages to suspend time at the speed of sound.”

Source: Pitchfork
Published: Mar 22, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,070 words)

A Culinary Legend’s Next Fight

Paula Wolfert’s groundbreaking cookbooks changed the way we eat. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis changed her life, but not her outlook.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 23, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,256 words)

Trump, Trolls, and Rediscovering My Jewish Identity

A personal essay by Eve Peyser about overcoming her reluctance to identify as Jewish, and coming to terms with her heritage, in the face of increased antisemitism ushered in by our 45th President.

Author: Eve Peyser
Source: Vice Magazine
Published: Mar 23, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,622 words)

Like Art

Making art is hard. For some people, it isn’t hard deciding to make art for commercial purposes.

Published: Feb 27, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,310 words)

Confessions of a Watch Geek

A reported personal essay by Gary Shteyngart. The Russian-born novelist and memoirist confesses to an obsession with expensive mechanical watches, which intensified through the 2016 Presidential race. He quells his growing anxiety by taking tours of German watchmaking facilities, and comparing rarefied ticking treasures with other watch geeks.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Mar 20, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,474 words)

Moved by Kim

Seth Davis Branitz had an awful suspicion he’d feel relieved when, some day, his very troubled brother would pass. He had no idea about the other ends it would rapidly bring with it.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 23, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,085 words)

Domino’s Atoned for Its Crimes Against Pizza and Built a $9 Billion Empire

The once-flagging pizza chain launched dozens of digital marketing initiatives and made headline-grabbing changes to its delivery trucks, but their rebound can be traced to just one thing — making the pizza better.

Published: Mar 13, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,630 words)