A Serial Killer, a Receipt, and My Mom: Haunted by the Murder of 33 Boys

The author’s mother was a key witness in serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s trail, and Gacy’s presence in her childhood has haunted her into adulthood. To honor his 33 victims and exorcise herself, she spoke with her mom about Gacy.

Published: Oct 31, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,462 words)

A Fast Life

A personal essay by The Price of Illusion author and former French Vogue editor Joan Juliet Buck, about choosing to be “fast” after learning her grandmother regretted her lifetime with just one man.

Published: Mar 9, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,923 words)

Sex, Drugs, and Bestsellers: The Legend of the Literary Brat Pack

A look back at the “literary brat pack”—Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Tama Janowitz and a group of other writers in the 1980s as famous for their coke-fueled late nights at the Odeon as they were for publishing celebrated novels before the age of 30.

Published: Nov 2, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4,542 words)

Opium Made Easy

Nowadays what leisure time I do have tends to be spent in the garden, a passion that in recent years has turned into a professional interest—I am, among other things, a garden writer. I mention this to help explain the keen interest I took in Jim Hogshire’s subsequent project: a somewhat unconventional treatise on gardening titled Opium for the Masses, published in 1994 by an outfit in Port Townsend, Washington, called Loompanics Unlimited. The book’s astonishing premise is that anyone can obtain opiates cheaply and safely and maybe even legally—or at least beneath the radar of the authorities, who, if Hogshire was to be believed, were overlooking something rather significant in their pursuit of the war on drugs.

Published: Apr 1, 1997
Length: 71 minutes (17,875 words)