The Olympian Who Believes He’s Always On TV

An Olympic sailor suffering from Truman Show Disorder attempts to wrest control away from the Director. An excerpt from The Kevin Show: An Olympic Athlete’s Battle with Mental Illness.

Author: Mary Pilon
Source: Bloomsbury
Published: Mar 6, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,775 words)

Surviving the Long Haul

Women in the trucking industry are often subjected to harassment and assault, but have a difficult time getting justice after reporting incidents of abuse.

Author: Mary Pilon
Source: Mary Review
Published: Jul 11, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,279 words)

Little Government in the Big Woods

Melissa Gilbert’s lost bid for Congress and the forgotten political history of Little House on the Prairie.

Author: Mary Pilon
Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 19, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,061 words)

Caged

What drives Ronda Rousey to fight?

Author: Mary Pilon
Source: Esquire
Published: Nov 10, 2015
Length: 12 minutes (3,109 words)

The Art of Humorous Nonfiction: A Beer in Brooklyn with the King of the A-Heds

Former Wall Street Journal reporter Barry Newman reflects on 43 years of feature stories that explore the eccentric humanity of our world.

Author: Mary Pilon
Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 10, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2,724 words)

Steve Prefontaine’s Last Run

Forty years after his death, a look at the brief life and lasting legacy of track icon Steve Prefontaine.

Author: Mary Pilon
Source: Grantland
Published: May 28, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5,610 words)

Longreads Best of 2014: Sports Writing

We asked a few writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in specific categories. Here, the best in sports writing.

Source: Longreads
Published: Dec 16, 2014

Tomato Can Blues

A small-time fighter’s big-time hoax:

“While Rowan was ferrying drugs in Three Rivers in 2010, before he began cage fighting, he claimed to have lost Gomez’s shipment, maybe worth as much as $80,000. As Rowan told it, a group of thieves jumped him, cracked his ribs and stole the drugs.

“Now, Rowan owed money to impatient people. He tried to lie low, but in January, a group of men beat him up behind Shopko, leaving him with two black eyes, broken ribs and blood on his baseball cap, he told friends at the time.

“Rowan was desperate. Then, while he was watching TV at his girlfriend’s house, a show caught his attention. It was on the Investigation Discovery channel, something about a guy who staged his own death so he could start his life anew.”

Author: Mary Pilon
Published: Sep 18, 2013
Length: 19 minutes (4,812 words)