How Joan Didion Became Joan Didion

Joan Didion didn’t shy away from criticizing everything and everyone from The Sound of Music and J.D. Salinger, and she did it with flair and a voice all her own.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 2, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)

The True, Twisted Story of Amityville Horror

No one place has made as deep an impression on American pop culture as the notorious Long Island home, site of a terrible murder and the basis of scores of books and movies.

Source: Topic
Published: Oct 31, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,400 words)

Snopes and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World

How the legendary internet fact-finding site snopes.com came to be, and how a messy divorce and ownership and control squabbles have threatened the site’s existence.

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 20, 2017
Length: 19 minutes (4,873 words)

Will the Election Spark a Reckoning on Sexual Assault?

Dean ponders whether the parallels between Donald Trump’s and Bill Clinton’s histories of alleged sexual misconduct could spark a change in how we respond to perpetrators and victims of sexual assault.

Published: Nov 11, 2016
Length: 6 minutes (1,678 words)

Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered

A true crime story about Dee Dee Blancharde, a mother who persuaded family, friends, and even doctors to believe that her daughter, Gypsy, was gravely ill. It was only after Dee Dee was murdered that the truth came to light.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Aug 18, 2016
Length: 34 minutes (8,504 words)

The Struggle For The Occupy Wall Street Archives

Bold said he had this sense early on in his involvement in OWS. And inspired by a presentation he’d seen at NYU about the collection of artifacts after the September 11th attacks, he decided to get serious about collecting immediately. He told people he knew in the movement to save their writings and signs. He began carrying stuff home himself.

But—and this he says he took from Derrida too, who wrote a book called Archive Fever—he thought it was essential, if the movement wanted to have some degree of control over how it was recorded and interpreted by historians, to collect their own documents. “So I was like, we have to have our own house, and if we’re going to talk about creating our own history, doing all this stuff ourselves, we have to have our own archives. So I was like, all right, let’s do it.”

Source: The Awl
Published: Dec 22, 2011
Length: 18 minutes (4,706 words)

Canada! How Does It Work?

Friday’s vote took the form of a vote to hold the government in contempt of Parliament for failing to release financial projections about its purchase of 65 fighter jets and certain proposed anti-crime measures. This is the first time in Canadian history a government has been found in contempt of Parliament. But no one who isn’t an op-ed pundit cares about that. The real issue is that our politics is paralyzed—largely by mediocrity but also by certain historical circumstances related to the party machinery in Canada.

Source: The Awl
Published: Mar 30, 2011
Length: 11 minutes (2,920 words)