Tobias Wolff's short story, "Bullet in the Brain"
A short story about getting shot in the face for being a dickhead.
Really interesting story, simply written, about a complicated (and closed) business.
A brilliant history of one of my favourite films, Sweet Smell of Success.
Astonishingly good; one of the best things I've read all year.
On Grailed and what we talk about when we talk about clothes. Interesting take on modern masculinity thru the prism of menswear fetishism.
You already know it's great.
This is great and now I feel much smarter.
Now *this* is how you write about Thomas the Tank Engine.
Now this is how you write about tote bags.
This is really good, on teen girl pop music aimed at grown adult women.
Love Drew Magary, love BBQ.
Good read about tennis and narratives
Interesting essay about the emptiness of snappy maximalism in fiction
A deep dive on the themes of Science Fiction - good but depressing (goes for album and essay)
In a way, the real drama in this show is Jon Snow’s increasingly desperate attempts to die and the creator’s sadistic refusal to allow him the sweet release of death.
I still can't believe this website exists and puts out such amazing pieces every single day.
This is great: on football as a language not everyone can speak
Enjoyed this: it's about soup and youth.
This is good: on teams selling players and buying them back when they're more famous.
Fucking terrifying and comprehensive. Mostly terrifying.
Sobering look at London councils' complete contempt for social housing.
Murakami on jogging being Good and Worthwhile.
Yo, California is wild
Another great piece of writing from Zach Baron. Worth clicking on the OG link too, just for the ace photography.
A rare bit of self-promotion: I did a deep dive on the best episode of television ever, ever, ever, ever.
Finally, someone's brave enough to say it.
Wells Tower with the big, bad, silly, scary, sprawling longread on a small town American conspiracy.
Beautiful, heartbreaking, and just a really good profile of an artist too often thought of as known.
This was absolutely fantastic: storytelling, characters, dialogue, pacing, tone, a deftness of touch when it comes to moralising, great photos... Honestly, just 10/10.
Best/most fun thing I've read in ages.
Charlie learned some shit.
This is absolutely spot on.
Great writing on cancer, coping, and cool pants.
I KNOW/IT'S UP/FOR ME (IF YOU STEAL MY SUNSHINE)
Just gotten around to reading and, excuse me, just gonna fully rip-off this amazing Russ article for the next two years.
This is so good, on pickpocketing and the art of attention.
Incredibly dark, sure, yeah, but this piece on the allure of the Golden Gate Bridge to those wishing to end their life is superb reading.
“That bridge is more than a bridge: it’s alive, it speaks to people. Some people come here, find themselves, and leave; some come here, find themselves, and jump.”
This is great and necessary
I love Stan Smith (the man and the shoe) with all my heart now.
"Someday he may allow himself to acquire a cuddly nouveau riche veneer and go to Aspen or Davos, but right now his civilian life as he describes it is drinking lots of tequila, wearing beautiful mustard yellow Gucci turtlenecks, and going on shopping sprees with the money he's earned from turning dangerous men into unconscious boys."
This is nice and Bradley seems a good guy but he was just not cut out to be thrown in like that.