“They’re a little eccentric” is a phrase I suspect most of us have heard used to describe a certain kind of memorable person. For me, it evokes my childhood dentist — an elderly man who favored colorful bow ties and humming loudly as he worked, and who once wagged his finger in my face and […]
Down the Rabbit Hole: A Psychedelic Reading List
The science, the strangeness, the promise, of psychedelic journeys.
What Happened When You Invited Steve Jobs to Your Product Demo
“I think it’s coming along,” said Tim, “though we expect—” “I think it sucks!” said Jobs. His vehemence made Tim pause. “Why?” he asked, a bit stiffly. “It just does.” “In what sense?” said Tim, getting his feet back under him. “Give me a clue.” “Its shape is not innovative, it’s not elegant, it doesn’t […]
‘We Are Alive’: Six Longreads About Music
The soundtrack of my life goes back a long way. Here are six longreads about music, for the love of it.
Putting Creativity on Your Tab
Dropping acid at the office? Everybody’s doing it.
‘What’s the Worst Thing You’ve Ever Done?’
In Scott Kimball, the FBI thought it had found a high-value informant who could help solve big cases. What it got instead was lies, betrayal, and murder.
Boo: A Reading List About Ghosts
Ghost stories point to a reality beyond our own — or, at the very least, to an expanded understanding of what this plane of existence encompasses. (And they’re fun.)
Jill the Ripper
True crime’s massive gender gap (95% of murderers are male) isn’t really one that needs fixing. And yet, since the beginning, a steadfast minority of Ripperologists have argued that Jack was really Jill.
The 17-Year Itch
Laura Jean Baker finds that being a feminist married to a progressive man isn’t a fail-safe against sexism occasionally intruding in their marriage.
Through a Glass, Tearfully
Maureen Stanton contemplates her history of crying in inappropriate moments, and considers tears from gender-based and political perspectives.