Longreads

If You’re Reading This, It’s Jim Joe

There’s something special about the anonymous graffiti artist with his own cult following.

Signs of Life

On the surreal nature of secondary trauma.

The Magic of Alleyways

An ode to a vibrant public commons.

The Loneliest Man in the World

Watching Irrfan Khan over the years

The (Other) French Chef

Julia Child’s collaborator Simone Beck has lingered as an object of pity in public memory. But maybe Beck didn’t want stardom at all.

Rothko at the Inauguration

A story of America in three scams.

Sacrifice

An eccentric monk’s singular scrap cathedral reveals the chaos and genius of his mind.

Digitizing Maxi Cohen’s Legacy

What does it take to preserve an independent filmmaker’s oeuvre?

Who Do You Want to Be Tonight, Zola?

A calculated veneer of identity is our most valuable modern resource.

Giving Up the Ghost

Life and death by misadventure.