The Book of Prince

“On January 29, 2016, Prince summoned me to his home, Paisley Park, to tell me about a book he wanted to write…Prince had always embodied dualities. Here was one more: he had told me that he was O.K., and he was not O.K. There was nothing false in the way he spoke to me, and nothing false in the way he spoke during his darkest moments.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 2, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,025 words)

Silicon Valley’s Crisis of Conscience

Despite many companies’ ambitious goals and marketing, Big Tech is not making the world a better place, and some tech workers are going to spiritual centers and mindfulness training to search their conscious and, maybe, find an ethical solution.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 19, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,800 words)

The Lonely Work of Moderating Hacker News

How two moderators are trying to make a popular Silicon Valley forum a thoughtful and productive space to have a conversation.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 8, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,226 words)

Alan Dershowitz, Devil’s Advocate

“The noted lawyer’s long, controversial career—and the accusations against him.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Aug 29, 2019
Length: 55 minutes (13,878 words)

The Lingering of Loss

My best friend left her laptop to me in her will. Twenty years later, I turned it on and began my inquest.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Jul 1, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,000 words)

The Invisible City Beneath Paris

Six hundred years of quarrying has left the great city with two hundred miles of subterranean tunnels and chambers. Curious, the author explores part of this damp, dark, claustrophobic network with a couple of anonymous urban explorers who belong to a subculture with its own codes of conduct.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 23, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,749 words)

Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy in Houston

“I can’t tell whether my inclination toward ecstasy is a sign that I still believe in God, or if it was only because of that ecstatic tendency that I ever believed at all.”

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 20, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,049 words)

Rhiannon Giddens and What Folk Music Means

John Jeremiah Sullivan’s profile of American folk singer, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Rihannon Giddens includes a history of the influential, but little known black antebellum fiddler Frank Johnson, as well as the 1898 racial massacre in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 13, 2019
Length: 37 minutes (9,258 words)

My Childhood in a Cult

Actor, writer and screenwriter Guinevere Turner recalls growing up in a cult called “The Lyman Family,” and reveals its lingering effects on her, many years after her departure from it.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 6, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,209 words)

Tracy Morgan Turns the Drama of His Life Into Comedy

Vinson Cunningham profiles Tracy Morgan as the comic films the second season of his Jordan Peele-produced TBS show “The Last O.G.” and explores the complex audience dynamics of black comedy.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: May 6, 2019
Length: 42 minutes (10,704 words)