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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Wright Thompson, Fred Kaplan, Tori Marlan, Casey Gerald, and Sarah Everts. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. The Barn Wright Thompson | The Atlantic | July 22, 2021 | 7,350 words “In 1955, just past daybreak, a Chevrolet truck pulled up to an unmarked building. A 14-year-old child...

I Miss it All

Devin Kelly | Longreads | July, 2021 | 17 minutes (4,874 words) Read Devin Kelly’s previous Longreads essays: “Running Dysmorphic,” “What I Want to Know of Kindness,” “Out There: On Not Finishing,” and “Repetitive Stress.” I hate the part of me that has become impatient. I notice it more these days. I notice it when I create a plan for myself and...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Sam Biddle, Leah Sottile, Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, Megan I. Gannon, and Justin Brake. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. The Future Dystopic Hellscape is Upon Us Sam Biddle | The Intercept | July 5, 2021 | 12,142 words “The rise and fall of the ultimate doomsday prepper.” 2....

Mormonism’s Sci-Fi Swan Song

Andrew Kay | Longreads | July 2021 | 35 minutes (9,917) words) This story was published in partnership with The Point Magazine.   Friday evening  On a July evening in upstate New York, in a field long ago nicknamed “the Bowl,” a dozen men of divergent builds and ages line up in a row. They are wearing street clothes, and they...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Jill McCabe Johnson, Stacey Anderson, Megan Pillow, Barry Blanchard, and Elizabeth Rush. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. The Night Gary Drove Me Home Jill McCabe Johnson | Slate | June 16, 2021 | 2,422 words “It is not a normal thing to do—to acknowledge to yourself that you...

A Bike Race, Family, and Loss

In this beautiful and emotional piece for Outside, Ian Dille manages to narrate the drama of the 2020 Tour de France, while also detailing the death of his father. The 2020 Tour was the last the pair watched together, after years of bonding through their love of the race. Dille deftly weaves the legs of the race with anecdotes about the ailing parent...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Lyle C. May, Samuel Braslow, Lindsey Hilsum, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and Anand Menon. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. Qualified Immunity: How ‘Ordinary Police Work’ Tramples Civil Rights Lyle C. May | Scalawag Magazine | June 23, 2021 | 2,807 words “There is little to no accountability...

Road Grad

Jill Talbot | Longreads | June 2021 | 9 minutes (2,508 words) The showers had been steady for days. Even when the rain broke, the weather app on my phone showed another coming storm. At night, lightning scarred the sky, jagged answers to the crack of thunderous questions. A relentless deluge, like so much else last year. *** ...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Jessica Schulberg, Patrick Strickland, Shanna B. Tiayon, Sarah Berns, and Madeleine Aggeler. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. Kip Kinkel Is Ready to Talk Jessica Schulberg | HuffPost | June 13, 2021 | 15,200 words “At 15, he shot and killed his parents, two classmates at his school,...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Jesse Eisinger, Jeff Ernsthausen, and Paul Kiel, Arno Kopecky, Isaac Würmann, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, and Laura Spinney. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax Jesse Eisinger, Jeff...

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