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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Abrahm Lustgarten, Greg Jaffe, Omari Weekes and Elias Rodriques, Jeremy Lybarger and Cat Cardenas and Christian Wallace. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration Abrahm Lustgarten | ProPublica | September 15, 2020 | 24 minutes (6,133 words)...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Adam Serwer, Alexandra Marvar, Timothy Snyder, Gaby Del Valle, and Sulaiman Addonia. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. The New Reconstruction Adam Serwer | The Atlantic | September 8, 2020 | 30 minutes (7,613 words) “There has never been an anti-racist majority in American history;...

Out There: On Not Finishing

Devin Kelly | Longreads | September, 2020 | 16 minutes (4,304 words) Read more by Devin Kelly! Check out his first Longreads essay “Running Dysmorphic” and his second, “What I Want to Know of Kindness.” I started to come apart sometime after midnight. I was cold, shiver-sweating, and shuffling alone on my 35th two-mile lap around a farm 40 miles west...

Selling Fame

A celebrity autograph scribbled on a scrap of paper with a sharpie used to be a treasured possession — but, as K.J Yossman notes in his piece for Wired UK, it’s now a selfie or a video to post on social media that makes a brush with fame worthwhile. With few fans getting to actually encounter their idols in real life, a group of entrepreneurs is using...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Rukmini Callimachi, Annie Waldman and Joshua Kaplan, Jesmyn Ward, Hillery Stone, and Alice Driver. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. Breonna Taylor’s Life Was Changing. Then the Police Came to Her Door. Rukmini Callimachi | The New York Times | September 3, 2020 | 26 minutes (6,500...

Shelved: Pink Floyd’s Household Objects

Tom Maxwell | Longreads | September 2020 | 13 minutes (3,433 words)   Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon is one of the best-selling records of all time. Released in March 1973, the album didn’t leave the Billboard 200 chart for over 14 years. By 2006, EMI/Harvest claimed the album sold in excess of 40 million copies “and still,” according to a...

A Lover’s Blues: The Unforgettable Voice of Margie Hendrix

Tarisai Ngangura | Longreads | September 2020 |14 minutes (3,715 words)   Hive is a series about women and the music that has influenced them, edited by Danielle A. Jackson. Read more at Longreads and The Believer.    The voice of Margie Hendrix on “Night Time is The Right Time” comes at you out of nowhere, like an explosive, thunderous crack in...

‘It’s An iPad, Not An usPad’: Douglas Rushkoff on Digital Isolation

At OneZero, author and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff asks: how much are the privileged allowed to use their wealth, fancy devices, and fully wired houses to insulate themselves from the troubles of today’s world? The pool for my daughter wouldn’t have gotten here were it not for legions of Amazon workers behind the scenes, getting infected in warehouses...

Death as a Work of Art

Alice Driver grew up in Arkansas in a house her father built in pieces over decades. She was raised by her father, a potter, and her mother, a weaver, as part of a community of back-to-the-landers who wanted a life of self-sufficiency apart from mainstream American commercialism. At Oxford American, she shares the story of her dad’s wish to build his...

The Seattle Police Shooting of Native Woodcarver John T. Williams, 10 Years Later

A decade ago, Seattle police officer Ian Birk shot and killed John T. Williams, a well-known Ditidaht woodcarver in the community — because he carried a pocketknife. For Seattle Met, James Ross Gardner shares the story of John through the eyes of his older brother turned family spokesperson, Rick Williams. WALK ACROSS IT NOW. Follow John T. Williams’s...

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