How Ken Layne Created a Publishing Oasis in a Desert Town of 8,000 People

If you’re dedicated and have an original vision, you can make things happen, even way out among the cactus. Anyway, the rattlesnakes are nicer than some of the people in New York media.

Published: Mar 5, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,996 words)

“Hey, Can I Sleep In Your Room?”: Studying Love with Elizabeth Flock

An interview with Elizabeth Flock, author of The Heart Is a Shifting Sea, on the years she spent studying other people’s marriages in Mumbai.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 8, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,156 words)

The Billionaire Philanthropist

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 13, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,268 words)

Passing as Privileged

A personal essay in which Narratively deputy editor Lilly Dancyger writes about dealing with people’s mistaken assumptions about the economics of her upbringing. A high-school dropout who later worked her way through college and graduate school, Dancyger grew up poor — the daughter of a single mother who was a recovering heroin addict. In New York City media circles, people tend to make comments indicating they assume she comes from privilege. Here, Dancyger sets the record straight.

Source: The Rumpus
Published: Mar 5, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,639 words)

Does Recovery Kill Great Writing?

In this excerpt from her book, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, Leslie Jamison recalls how in the early days of recovery, she examined the work of newly-sober writers like John Berryman and Charles Jackson for clues about how sobriety would affect her as a writer. It wasn’t until she read David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest that she found “proof that sober creativity was possible.”

Published: Mar 13, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,187 words)

The Death and Life of a Great American Building

The historic buildings around New York’s Union Square are not protected by landmark status, and the rise of the city’s tech industry now threatens them.

Published: Mar 7, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,796 words)

The Quest for the Collision Zone: An Arctic Expedition

Geologists on a mission to vindicate their theory of a lost mountain range discover something even more significant buried beneath the ice. An excerpt from A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice.

Published: Mar 13, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,848 words)

The Myth of Authenticity Is Killing Tex-Mex

It isn’t all sour cream and cheese. It isn’t just for white people. Don’t treat it like a joke. Tex-Mex is a distinct regional food tradition, and it deserves respect and wider appreciation, especially now that many traditional mom-and-pop forms of it are endangered.

Source: Eater
Published: Mar 7, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,827 words)

How to Make a Hit Song in 2018

The chorus is passé.

Source: The Walrus
Published: Mar 5, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,758 words)

A Storyteller, Unbecoming

On showing, telling, and finding one’s way as a literary writer of color.

Source: Longreads
Published: Mar 8, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,636 words)