Narratively

Brendan Spiegel (Editor)

Brendan Spiegel is the Editorial Director and co-founder of Narratively. He is proud to have worked closely with the authors of the following stories (among many others!)

Stories By Brendan Spiegel (Editor)

The Centerfield Soldiers of the 7 Line Army

Riding the emotional rollercoaster with “Loogy,” “Barefoot” and the most dedicated family of Mets superfans as they root, root, root for the hardest-luck team in sports.

Inside the Queer-Centric Frat That Dared to Question What a Frat Even Is

Students say the University of Michigan’s Sigma Phi chapter is a vital, lifesaving space, and that going all-gender was the obvious thing to do. The national organization responded by suing them.

Protected: Punk Rock Freaks in the Heart of Hollywood

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The Deep South’s Dames of Dildos

In a Bible-belt state where sex toys stores are illegal, a church-going grandma, enterprising mom and sassy granddaughter build a booming business hawking penis pumps and butt plugs—and helping every person find their path to pleasure.

The Wild West Outpost of Japan’s Isolationist Era

For two centuries, an extreme protectionist policy barred all foreigners from setting foot inside Japan…except for on one tiny island, a cramped cultural crossroads where anything could, and did, happen.

My High School’s Secret Fantasy Slut League

Our wealthy California school had a hookup game where boys “drafted” girls, then tracked their sex acts. A decade later, my classmates still debate whether “FSL” was harmless teenage hijinks or a symptom of toxic rot in our elite enclave.

Revolución on the Cookie Factory Floor

The new owner of Argentina’s de facto national treat stopped paying his majority-female workforce — so they seized control of the entire operation.

The True-Crime “Podcast Junkie” Turned Real-Life Murder Suspect

Is Steve Pankey a cold-blooded killer who got away with murder for decades, or just a true-crime obsessive craving attention?

The Pirate Queen Who Avenged Her Husband’s Death on the High Seas

After the King of France beheaded a nobleman on questionable charges, his devastated widow transformed into “the Lioness of Brittany” and spent the next decade exacting her revenge.