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)

King Chaos, Queen Cricket and One Long, Strange Year in a Roadside Homeless Camp

At this lawless encampment of rickety RVs, residents face eviction, addiction and machete battles, but their self-made community is the only thing they have.

The Renegade DIYers Demanding Dolls as Diverse as They Are

American Girl has long epitomized a particular vision of childhood perfection. Armed with pots of dye and webcams, today’s teens are pushing the brand to embrace their...

How to Learn About Sex When Your Famous Sex-Advice Father Teaches You Nothing

My dad, Dr. Drew, spent decades hosting Loveline, which gave guys the wrong idea about my own expertise in bed. No one ever saw me for me—until I figured out how to see myself.

And the Cure for Millennial Burnout Is…This Giant Penguin

Pengsoo was created for children’s television, yet it became such a surprise sensation with adults that it was named South Korea’s person of the year. Now it's ready to take...

The Warriors of a Failed Revolution

Fifty years ago, young idealists swore to end American injustice. When their movement splintered, their lives diverged—from quiet college prof to infamous kidnappers to...

My Dad, the Globetrotting Businessman, Paleographer…and Spy?

Growing up, I thought everyone’s parents told them bedtime stories about being chased by the secret police and dodging bullets. As an adult, I started to wonder just who Dad...

The (Literally) Unbelievable Story of the Original Fake News Network

Once upon a time in Guatemala, the CIA hired a cocky American actor and two radio DJs to launch a revolution and oust a president. Their playbook is being used against the U.S....

How to Subvert a Democracy, Stage 1: Propaganda and Puppets

Before launching an information assault, build out a network of agents and scapegoats that will allow your own government to maintain “plausible deniability.”

How to Subvert a Democracy, Stage 2: Condition the Masses

In advance of full-blown psychological warfare, seeds of doubt and conspiracy must be planted and watered.