Jesse Barron is a journalist based in Los Angeles, and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.

what happened inside Ed Buck's apartment?

West Hollywood is an insulated place. [New York Times Magazine]


how Puerto Rico became the newest tax haven for the super-rich

Green iguanas are an invasive species in Puerto Rico, and the government was encouraging consumption as a form of population control. [GQ]

the girl from Plainville

It was hard to believe these kids understood that when you killed yourself, you were dead and you didn’t come back. [Esquire]

gun money

“Those assault rifles—they couldn’t make them fast enough.” [New York Times Magazine]

hedging against the apocalypse

If he were right, he could make billions. If he were wrong, it wouldn’t matter, because the world would be on fire. [New York Times Magazine]

the bounty hunter of Wall Street

“The difference between this and journalism is you can make millions of dollars.” [New York Times Magazine]

bad romance

“MFA, what does that stand for, Mother Fucking Asshole?” [Harper’s]

the democracy factory

McDonald’s menus are more consistent across county lines than voting technologies are. [California Sunday Magazine]

the curious case of Aurelius Capital v. Puerto Rico

Largely out of view, distressed-debt hedge funds have honed a set of tools for recovering bad foreign debt, turning courts into collection agents. [New York Times Magazine]

the death of David Buckel

An incandescent act of speech. [New York Times Magazine]

yard sale

“The thing is,” he said, “none of this matters. These tests don’t matter. In the end, my dad will make a donation to Duke, and that’s where I’ll go.” [Bookforum]

on coke

The short-term effects of cocaine are focus and euphoria; the medium-term effect is that you hate yourself. [Bookforum]


another country

Country fans no longer resemble the characters in country songs. [Bookforum]


segmented sleep

How had my life been put in the hands of someone like me? [New York Times Magazine]

the babysitters club

Adulthood stretches pointlessly out ahead of us, the planet is melting off its axis, you will never have a retirement account. Here’s a hamster. [Real Life]

easy, tiger

Spouses always believe that they would be declared the unambiguous victim if they could only present their case to a reasonable third party, like a UN election observer. [Bookforum]


on Cory Arcangel

Someone, somewhere, has to do some fucking work. [Bookforum]


the inattention game

From a zebra’s perspective? Let it rain. [Bookforum]


on Edward Snowden

“Is he crazy, or is this something real?” [Bookforum]

an interview with Atticus Lish

“I don’t care about your sad brown eyes.” [Bomb Magazine]

on the 2016 election

A bomb under a table that the audience can see but the people sitting there cannot. [Bookforum]


on Boyhood

The adults made these decisions offscreen. [n+1 Magazine]

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