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Letting Go

What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?<p>Sara Thomas Monopoli was pregnant with her first child when her doctors learned that she was going to die. It started with a cough and a pain in her back. Then a chest X-ray showed that her left lung had collapsed, and her chest was filled with …

Bill Perry Is Terrified. Why Aren’t You?

How an 89-year-old cold warrior became America’s nuclear conscience.<p>At this naked moment in the American experiment, when many people perceive civilization on the verge of blowing up in some metaphorical sense, there is an elderly man in California hoping to seize your attention about another …

Henry Kissinger

How a KGB Assassin Used the Death of His Child to Defect

Bogdan Stashinsky was forced to work for the KGB against his will and became one of the most wanted assassins in the world. This is the story of how he put it all on the line to escape.<p>Shortly before 5 a.m. on August 10, 1961, Bogdan Stashinsky was waiting near his apartment building in Moscow to …

Russia

The 15-Step Guide to Acing Any Job Interview

You’ve made it past the resume robots and the critical eyes of the recruiter to land an in-person interview. This is your chance — perhaps your <i>one</i> …

Empathy

Longreads Best of 2014: Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2014. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our</i> …

Journalism

12 podcasts that will tell you a fantastic story

It's official — the popular podcast <i>Serial</i> has surpassed 5 million downloads, making it the fastest podcast of all time to reach this milestone.<p>This …

Trial by Twitter

Deep in the digital diaries of three lovely girls, a fatal disconnect occurred. What their followers had not seen between the lines was the vanishing of morality, reality, and then, Skylar Neese.<p>July 4, 2012, was a scorcher in Star City, West Virginia—a prelude to what would become the hottest …

The Resilient City

What began as an apparent accident ended in unbelievable horror. Throughout the next year, the city changed but its resilience never did.<p>Three …

Editorial: Authenticity

<i>A few days ago, motojournalist Jason Cormier published a hard-hitting critique of the current custom motorcycle scene. At 4,000 words it’s a long piece, but also a very interesting read. With Jason’s permission, we’re republishing it here.</i><p>The whole concept of authenticity (and what is or is not …

Motorcycles

I Lived Through the Most Nerve-Wracking Birth Story You May Ever Read

My wife and I had wanted kids for years. But when she became pregnant with triplets, we soon learned that the chances all three would survive their birth healthy were slim—if they would survive at all. The doctors told us our options. We had to choose what to do next.<p><b>Denver was buried</b> by a …

Pregnancy

The Downsides of Being a Dad

Your stress levels will spike. Your career prospects might suffer. You'll get sicker, busier, and possibly even lonelier than ever. But, hey: anything for our kids, right?<p><i>"</i><i>All of them told us their stories, and behind each of these stories looms the shadow of that formidable father, a stern,</i> …

Parenting

Don't Watch This Video if You Have a Fear of Heights

This sweat-inducing video brings new meaning to the phrase "Don't look down!"<p>Rock climber Alex Honnold is known for his free solo ascents of enormous …

Lorde Parody Accurately Describes Life in Your Thirties

Oh, to be young again. It's difficult to look at a generation younger than yours and not be slightly jealous of the youth they're taking for …

Apple's '12 Days of Gifts' App Offers New Freebies Every Day

Apple has launched its annual 12 Days of Gifts app, offering a new free song, app, book or movie every day from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6.<p>The app, which is …

Big Dog and Small Pup Are Inseparable Best Friends

Earlier this year we met photogenic Harlow the Weimaraner and his fellow canine buddy Sage. Now, the household has welcomed a new addition to their dog party–Indi the Dachshund. The tiny pup has seamlessly entered the family, adding an adorable element to the already sweet collection of portraits …

Pets

This a Cappella Version of Lorde's "Royals" Gives Us Chills

If <i>Pitch Perfect</i>'s Barden Bellas really existed, we're sure Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and the gang would be scheming up strategies on how to beat the Florida State University AcaBelles in a sing-off. This real-life a cappella girl group is fierce—and their gorgeous rendition of Lorde's catchy …