The Electric Typewriter

Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers.
18th Aug

The Naked Face by Malcolm Gladwell - The window to your soul may be easier to unlock than you ever thought possible.

The Art of the Handshake by Tom Chiarella - A perfunctory gesture? Hardly. It defines the exchange. A hands-on study of a subtle craft.”

The Invisible Grip by Tom Chiarella - Maintaining eye contact feels awkward, even creepy. At first. Then it just feels powerful.

14th Aug

The Making of a Molester by Daniel Bergner - A group of imprisoned child molesters attempt to come to terms with their crimes.

The Rapist Says He’s Sorry by Tom Junod - Can a sexual predator ever be freed safely?

12th Aug

The Oil We Eat by Richard Manning - How energy defines our lives — including the food we eat.

What If We Never Run Out of Oil? by Charles C. Mann - How new extraction technologies are opening up vast new oil resources that are both a blessing and a curse.

Jungle Law by William Langewiesche - Traveling through the heart of the Amazon rainforest to witness the destruction caused by the oil industry firsthand.

Dirty Coal, Clean Future by James Fallows - Is there such a thing as clean coal?

The Fracturing of Pennsylvania by Eliza Griswold - An investigation into fracking’s effects on health and the environment.

Scraping Bottom by Robert Kunzig - Rising oil prices have made the oil trapped in Alberta’s tar sands viable, and created a whole new industry on an epic scale.

11th Aug

by Lindy West

Hello, I Am Fat - “This is my body and I’m not ashamed of it in any way. In fact, I love it.”

Hello, Fellow Gym-Goers, Look at My Fat Butt by Lindy West - “When I go to the gyme I know everyone there is working toward the goal of not being me.”

9th Aug

A Call for Spelling Standardization (or Is That Standardisation?) by Maria Konnikova - British English, American English, Webster English, New Yorker English — Should we all just agree to pick one??

Are Apostrophes Necessary? by Matthew J.X. Malady - Not really, no.

The Comma From Which My Heart Hangs by Benjamin Samuel - A pasionate plea for the careful placement of commas

Grammar Lessons from David Foster Wallace - The late great DFW on Grammar

English Has a New Preposition, Because Internet by Megan Garber - The online evolution of the word “because.”