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Lulu Miller

Lulu Miller is a Peabody award-winning journalist for National Public Radio. She is the cofounder of NPR’s Invisibilia and a frequent contributor to Radiolab. Her first book, Why Fish Don’t Exist, a nonfiction adventure story about obsession and loss, has just been published by Simon & Schuster. 


<i>Mullus Surmuletus, The Striped Surmulet</i>. (Courtesy Rare Book Division, The New York Public Library, Digital Collections.)

The Grand Temptation

March 2, 2020 | Essays

Maybe Cape Cod is fertile ground for existential transformation. Something about the metals in its sandy soil catalyzing metaphysical shifts—I don’t know. All I know is I had my entire worldview rearranged when I was visiting its shores.

Illustration by Lauren Nassef

The Obituary

Spring 2018 | Fiction

When reporting on suicide, the CDC advises against including the suicide method or overly positive descriptions of the deceased for fear of causing contagion. 

Which gave Reporter Jane a problem in reporting on how her dad did what he did. She can’t mention the means, so readers will be left to wonder:

Was it a gun? A rope? A razor? Pills? Poison? A train? A hair-dryer? 

And (according to the CDC), the mildly suicidal among them will begin to salivate.