Dear Friends, About a month ago, I published a story about a hiker who traveled south from New York to Florida. He met hundreds of people along the way, befriending many and smiling at all. He went by the moniker "Mostly Harmless" and told no one his actual name. In July of 2018…
A few months ago, I learned about the story of a hiker who went by the name "Mostly Harmless." He said he worked in the tech industry, and he was frien…
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Exactly ten years ago, I edited a wonderful piece by Kelefa Sanneh about a boxer named Shane Mosely. It was a story about a doomed fighter facing off a…
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Dear Friends, This past fall, I started working on an essay about how I trained to become a faster marathoner. I had done everything I could to break 2…
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Dear Friends, Months before the world was facing an even more imminent threat, while we were talking about climate change, one of my children asked, “I…
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Dear Friends, Today's a special day: it's the launch of the 100th story from The Atavist, a magazine and multimedia CMS I co-founded 9 years ago. The c…
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Dear Friends, The most beautiful essay I’ve read this month is also the most painful. It’s the art critic—and my friend—Peter Schjeldahl reflecting on …
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Dear Friends, September started off for me with a trip to the U.S. Open with my kids: who are now quite accomplished in grunting and toweling off, and …
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