An Interview with Chuck Palahniuk

“At exactly 1:05pm, the Prius was outside my Airbnb, as was Chuck, in a pressed white shirt and pastel turquoise shorts. He treated me to a tuna sandwich at a nearby bakery. We then drove back and sat down for three hours of conversation in the secluded bamboo-walled yard, which happened to be right next to where he attends his AA meetings.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Sep 27, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,659 words)


“I didn’t know how to write about my sister’s death—so I had AI do it for me.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Aug 9, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,992 words)

The Last Black Stage

“I see rehearsal space, rehearsal tapes, dressing rooms, cooking sessions, woodsheds, after-hours performances, and backstage as Black sacred spaces, places where we are most like ourselves.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Jun 1, 2021
Length: 10 minutes (2,665 words)

Border Acts

An immersive theatrical performance reveals a side of Ciudad Juárez rarely seen by outsiders.

Source: The Believer
Published: Jun 1, 2021
Length: 31 minutes (7,800 words)


“Can we fall in love completely without completely losing ourselves?”

Source: The Believer
Published: Apr 1, 2021
Length: 16 minutes (4,100 words)

It’s Not Too Late

“I don’t want my part to get skipped over, but I still don’t know how to write directly about what went down between me and M. All I can do is worry a detail like an R&B singer worries a line…For years I’ve cherished a clip of Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin singing on Soul Train.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Aug 14, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,185 words)

Black Talk, Black Feeling: Media Round Table

“So much of my work as a writer and editor is to make sure that Black people have the ability to write about more than just moments like the one we’re in right now, and a big disheartening thing for me has been to live through this moment and again see editors scrambling to get Black writers to write and then undoubtedly those same editors will vanish when those Black writers want to write about, I don’t know, ice cream or whatever the fuck”

Source: The Believer
Published: Jul 29, 2020
Length: 37 minutes (9,261 words)

The Voice Keepers

“In the recordings of the Voice-O-Graph, two collectors discover an intimate sonic history.”

Source: The Believer
Published: Apr 1, 2020
Length: 32 minutes (8,206 words)

Notes in the Margin (Part IV)

The stray thoughts of a scattered reader.

Source: The Believer
Published: Apr 1, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,024 words)

The People of Las Vegas

Amanda Fortini suggests that Las Vegas is deep and interesting, and a pretty decent place to live, if you care to meet people and look closely, beyond the glittering lure of unbridled debauchery on the Vegas strip.

Source: The Believer
Published: Jan 31, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,200 words)