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…
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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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Dear Friends, The best magazine story I’ve read this week is a heart-wrenching story from Myanmar, written by Sarah Topol, about a quiet, diligent Rohi…
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Dear Friends, Good afternoon! I’m on airplane right now, which means I’m delighted to have just read a new, absolutely mesmerizing story in The Atlanti…
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Dear Friends, Happy April 26th! And happy birthday to both Marcus Aurelius and Melania Trump. Naturally, my first hope is that you'll dig into this rat…
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Dear Friends, It’s been a while since I sent one of these. But now I’m on a 15-hour flight, back from the Aspen Ideas Festival in Abu Dhabi, thinking o…
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