Collection: Unputdownable Stories

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Cat Person

The New Yorker

Arguably one of the most undersold pieces of the year. I saw it in my newsfeeds at least a dozen times before I finally clicked on it. Don’t be fooled by the bland title and give it a try. I don’t want to spoil too much, but this piece of fiction will make you feel uncomfortable, and probably for different reasons depending on your gender.

Published in Weekly Filet #259 In collection: Unputdownable Stories

«I just want to know how my sons died» – bringing home Bosnia’s dead

Mosaic

«Fikret Bačić, who takes my notebook and writes a list of the names of his extended family who went missing during the last week of July 1992. It takes him a long time; there are 29 of them, including his mother Sehriša, his wife Ninka, son Nermin, who was 12, daughter Nermina, who was six, four brothers including Zijad’s father, three sisters, several aunts, uncles and cousins. Of the 29, 19 are children; the youngest was two.»

Gut-wrenching. And a – I use this word sparingly – must-read.

Published in Weekly Filet #257 In collections: Unputdownable Stories, Best of 2017

Wie Deutschland am Bau eines Flughafens scheiterte

Der Spiegel

You’ve all heard jokes about the BER airport that they just can’t finish. How is that even possible? This seven-month investigation offers an impressively detailed reconstruction of where it all went wrong. A tale of megalomania and dilettantism, which will have you shake your head in disbelief almost non-stop. (The article is only available in German, for now, I hope)

Published in Weekly Filet #244
    In collection: Unputdownable Stories

    When I’m Gone

    Medium

    A wonderful story: A young father, who is dying at the age of 27, writes letters of advice to his young son, only to be read after he passes specific life milestones: «When you have your first kiss», «When you have the worst fight ever with your mom», «When you realize you’re gay» just to name a few. The son, now 85 years old, tells the story.

    Published in Weekly Filet #219
      In collections: Unputdownable Stories, Best of 2015