The Gist
The Gist
Aug. 4 2016 7:04 PMIf It Feeds, It LeadsFacebook’s News Feed is the world’s most powerful purveyor of news. But how it assembles each person’s top stories remains a mystery.
Aug. 2 2016 8:20 PMJessi Klein Says Women Are DogsThe head writer for Inside Amy Schumer sorts women into two groups: poodles and wolves. She’s a wolf.
July 29 2016 4:52 PMThe Little-Known Story of Sabotage in New York HarborJuly 30 marks the centenary of a major terrorist attack on the United States. Never heard of it?
July 28 2016 6:24 PMCelebrating the Nerd MentalityThe hosts of the Nerdette podcast bring their safe space to The Gist for a round of nerd confessions.
July 26 2016 7:31 PMOptimum OpticsKeep an eye out for the subtle stage-managing of the presidential nominating conventions.
July 22 2016 6:24 PMP.C. Policing the BorderHaving a progressive fan base is equal parts exhilarating and maddening for comedian Hari Kondabolu.
July 20 2016 6:09 PMCutting ClassIn White Trash, author Nancy Isenberg delves into the history of class identities and our efforts to appropriate or shed them.
July 18 2016 8:16 PMO Captain Fantastic!Early films by director Matt Ross explored carnivorous armchairs. His latest movie—about a headstrong father and his children—is a bit more grounded.
July 14 2016 7:03 PMThe Ungeheuerlich Mr. JohnsonBoris Johnson, the United Kingdom’s newest top diplomat, in all his unbleeped glory.
July 12 2016 5:58 PMArt That Makes You AngryThis is your brain on political ads.
July 8 2016 6:42 PMThe Life and Death of Aaron SwartzAuthor Justin Peters on the impatient child prodigy of the free culture movement.
July 6 2016 7:14 PMMister Postman, Lower Your Price Points for MeYour trusty Postal Service used to traffic children and in politicians’ dirty laundry.
July 1 2016 4:50 PMFantastic Negrito ReturnsXavier Dphrepaulezz has had a good year.
June 29 2016 5:57 PMPoll Analysis From a Spiritual 60-Year-OldHarry Enten explains the new 2016 election prediction from FiveThirtyEight.
June 27 2016 7:54 PMBrittle EnglandThe Brexit vote let supporters of the “Leave” campaign stick it to the elites. What’s the value of their collective primal scream?
Aug. 3 2016 7:10 PMIs Your Grill Killing You?Faulty claims go up in smoke once Maria Konnikova weighs in.
Aug. 1 2016 7:20 PMDiary of a Soon-to-Be-Freed DetaineeGuantánamo inmate Mohamedou Slahi has been cleared for release. Here’s The Gist’s never-aired 2015 interview with Larry Siems, who edited Slahi’s writings.
July 29 2016 11:31 AMIt Takes Great Presidents to Make America GreatAnd only Clinton talks like she would be a great president.
July 27 2016 7:22 PMFinally, a Pro-Kidnapping FilmOrange Is the New Black writer Sian Heder says her new film, Tallulah, stemmed from her experience as a nanny for wealthy moms.
July 25 2016 7:17 PMPity the Peckish PoliticianThe only thing they have to fear is food itself.
July 21 2016 4:50 PMYour Dog Smells My Dog?Does a dog go crazy on you because he’s picking up the whiff of another canine? Maria Konnikova has the answers.
July 19 2016 8:31 PMTo Catch a CartelThe Infiltrator is Hollywood’s treatment of the customs agent who burrowed deep inside Pablo Escobar’s money-laundering operation.
July 15 2016 7:38 PMAnd We Never Looked at Music the Same Way AgainThe year of MTV’s launch brought us aerobic-chic, urban cowboys, and the one song you hear at every wedding.
July 13 2016 6:53 PMType A AnonymousMaria Konnikova sizes up the old saw: “I’m a little Type A.”
July 11 2016 6:53 PMA Kamikaze Mission to JupiterScientist Summer Ash explains the interstellar choreography of the Juno spacecraft mission and what we hope to learn from it.
July 7 2016 7:48 PMIt Was the Best of Timesheets, It Was the Worst of TimesheetsFor novelist J. Bradford Hipps, the modern office space is rich territory when it comes to human drama.  
July 5 2016 9:13 PMReduce, Reuse, and Re-EvaluateRecycling: It’s the dominant moralism of our time. Is it bull?
June 30 2016 8:30 PMWyatt Cenac Wants Kermit the Frog’s JobThe comedian’s stand-up showcase aspires to be the next Muppet Show. Without the puppets.
June 28 2016 7:22 PMDo the Dead Cat BounceLooking for a silver lining in the Brexit vote.
June 24 2016 6:17 PMBillboard Hits From 1964On a day of British retreat, we ponder the British Invasion.