What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind

“Grief, conspiracy theories, and one family’s search for meaning in the two decades since 9/11.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Aug 9, 2021
Length: 53 minutes (13,254 words)

To the Office, with Love

What do we lose when the traditional office job disappears? An examination of the forced freelance future.

Published: Jan 7, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,300 words)

In Conversation: Antonin Scalia

The Supreme Court justice on his legacy, gay rights, his belief in the Devil, and the TV show “Duck Dynasty”:

“Maybe the world is spinning toward a wider acceptance of homosexual rights, and here’s Scalia, standing athwart it. At least standing athwart it as a constitutional entitlement. But I have never been custodian of my legacy. When I’m dead and gone, I’ll either be sublimely happy or terribly unhappy.

You believe in heaven and hell?
Oh, of course I do. Don’t you believe in heaven and hell?

Oh, my.

Does that mean I’m not going?
[Laughing.] Unfortunately not!”

Published: Oct 6, 2013
Length: 25 minutes (6,354 words)

The Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Effexor, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Restoril, Xanax, Adderall, Ritalin, Haldol, Risperdal, Seroquel, Ambien, Lunesta, Elavil, Trazodone War

Depending on the war, post-traumatic stress can have many expressions, but this war, because of its omnipresent suicide bombers and roadside explosives, seems to have disproportionately rendered its soldiers afraid of two things: driving and crowds. David Booth manages his driving anxieties by leaving his Long Island home every morning at 4:30 a.m., when there’s no risk of traffic (especially under bridges, which militants in Iraq are always blowing up), and avoiding the right lane (in Afghanistan and Iraq, one generally drives in the middle of the road to avoid setting off IEDs).

Published: Feb 7, 2011
Length: 19 minutes (4,800 words)

All Joy and No Fun

Why parents hate parenting.

Published: Jul 4, 2010
Length: 20 minutes (5,020 words)

The Junior Meritocracy

Should a child’s fate be sealed by an exam he takes at the age of 4? Why kindergarten-admission tests are worthless, at best.

Published: Jan 31, 2010
Length: 21 minutes (5,486 words)