Unearthing a Cult Classic
Comedy writer Mike Sacks on the 40th anniversary of the Dixie-fried action caper Stinker Lets Loose.
The Garbage Art of Handwriting AnalysisThe Gist’s resident guff detector Maria Konnikova returns to look at the (appropriately) lost art of graphology.
At Sea With James StavridisThe retired admiral answers all of our questions about ISIS, H.R. McMaster, and life on a submarine.
In Defense of OmbudsmenDaniel Okrent, the first public editor for the New York Times, sticks up for the journalists everyone loves to hate.
Invisibilia Questions Your EmotionsThe hosts of NPR’s hit podcast say there’s been a quiet revolution in the way we understand our feelings.
I Hate This, Don’t Quote Me In one paragraph, Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher held the line against anonymous sources and “outright awfulness.”
The Rise and Reign of Unruly WomenIn her new book, author Anne Helen Petersen on how our culture treats women defying norms.
The Musings of Wallace ShawnThe playwright and actor on the struggle of making a creative statement in the face of political chaos.
The Delicate Art of Political PersuasionRobb Willer on how to reframe debates in a way the “other side” will understand.
Haunted by A Ghost StoryHow a classic Halloween costume inspired one of the most profound films of the year.
Look at All the Struggling DemocraciesFinancial Times columnist Edward Luce introduces us to a new word: oikophobia, fear of fellow countrymen.
Twitter Should Drop Trump AlreadyPolitical scientist Seth Masket argues the harassment, the trolling, and the misinformation need to stop now.
Centrists Won’t Save Health Care Conservative writer Philip Klein says compromise won’t lead to better health policy. It has to be all or nothing.
The Incredible Eddie Izzard A conversation with the famed comedian, author, runner, and one-day-only concert pianist.
Writing Cop Fiction in the Age of Black Lives MatterDon Winslow on the deep research that goes into writing modern crime fiction.
Big Turmoil in Big Sky CountryAnne Helen Petersen returns to discuss her new posting—covering politics in Montana for BuzzFeed.
Do Radicals Change the World?Author Jeremy McCarter on the five people who changed the course of America in 1917.
Is Terrorism Coverage Racist?A few problems with the recent study suggesting white terrorists get less media play than Muslim terrorists.
Jon Ronson on Writing the Year’s Wildest MovieThe Welsh journalist on his new movie, the meat-is-murder fantasy adventure Okja.
He Ate Human Flesh for ScienceBill Schutt on his comprehensive new book, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.
Why Can’t Al Franken Make More Jokes at the GOP’s Expense?Read what the Gist asked the Minnesota senator about humor in Washington.