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Attention lovers of the podcast Serial!

Attention lovers of the hit podcast SERIAL!
I'm delighted that the Los Angeles Review of Books has just published my essay comparing Sarah Koenig's brainchild to Sebastian Junger's book A Death in Belmont.

Here's a bit:

“It’s really hard to account for your time,” Koenig observed, then proceeded to ask several seemingly random teenagers to remember what they’d done on a day six weeks earlier. None of them could.

Okay, so memory is unreliable. But … three million listeners were hooked on this show. Why?

For the rest of my wrestling match with this question, go to
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