Alvin Nguyen

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Schooled

Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education.<p>I. The Pact<p>Late one night in December, 2009, a black Chevy Tahoe in a caravan of cops and residents moved slowly through some of the most dangerous neighborhoods of Newark. In the back sat …

13 MILES TO MARSHALL: Tough times lead very different high schools to merge (chapter 1)

Samantha Price, a Marshall junior, and Chris Bell, an Albion sophomore, are adjusting to life in the same school. The success or failure of the high …

The Feel Of Nothing: A Life In America’s Batting Cages

Steve Salerno | Missouri Review | Winter 2004| 24 minutes (6,016 words)<p><i>Steve Salerno’s essays and memoirs have appeared in Harper’s, the New York</i> …

Magic Act: The Making Of Earvin Johnson, AIDS Saint

<i>Originally published in the February 1993 issue of</i> GQ<i>. Annotations by the author appear throughout. For more, check out E. Jean Carroll's story about</i> …

“A Boy Grew In Brooklyn” by Arthur Miller — March 1955

Nobody can know Brooklyn, because Brooklyn is the world, and besides it is filled with cemeteries, and who can say he knows those people? But even …

The Oracle of Ice Hockey

How a 70-year-old Finnish goalie coach is transforming a global sport<p>I. The Ascendance<p>In Finland not long after World War II, kids would play a street game called ice ball, which had few rules and less strategy. They’d scramble through neighborhoods buried in snow, batting and kicking a piece of …

How Colleges Flunk Mental Health

U.S.<p><b>Dan: "These Are Crafty People"</b><p>One night in 2012, alone in his dorm room at Princeton University, Dan downed 20 Trazodone, his prescribed …

You Can Explain eBay's $50 Billion Turnaround With Just This One Crazy Story

Between 2005 and 2007, its stock price was cut in half and its market cap shrank by $30 billion.<p>In October 2007, eBay admitted that Skype, a company it had acquired for $2.5 billion two years earlier, was actually worth less than half of that.<p>During the third quarter of 2007, eBay lost money for …

Alex Owumi: I played basketball for Gaddafi

<b>When US basketball player Alex Owumi signed a contract to play for a team in Benghazi, Libya, he had no idea that his employer was the the most feared man in the country. Nor did he guess the country was about to descend into war. Here he tells his story, parts of which some readers may find</b> …

Africa

The Big Book Of Black Quarterbacks

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks walked all over the Denver Broncos, 43-8, to win Super Bowl XLVIII. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passed for …

THE LAST DAYS OF TY COBB : A Man Possessed, He Played Baseball and Lived Life With a Deep Anger

By 1 a.m., the 21-mile, steep-pitched passage from Lake Tahoe's 7,000 feet into Carson City, a snaky grade most of the way, was snow-struck, ice-sheeted, thick with rock slides and declared unfit for all transport vehicles by the State Highway Patrol.<p>Such news was right down Ty Cobb's alley. …

Babe Ruth

How to Do Oral History the Right Way: Remembering the Baltimore Stallions, Our College Pick

Journalism, like everything else, has its trends. From celebrity guest editors to abundant Upworthian headlines, there’s a lot of replication in our …

Five Stories About Sports for People Who Hate Sports

OK, “hate” is too strong a word. But I fundamentally do not get sports. Playing them, yes, fine. But knowing players’ names, arguing that this one …

Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle and Readmill users, you can also get them as a Readlist.<p>Christian Donlan | Eurogamer | January 12, …

Afro-Europe in the World Cup - Roads & Kingdoms

It isn’t fair. Though Africa has more countries and a larger population than Europe, the continent only has five berths in the World Cup compared to …

The Opt-Outers

More than a year before 7-year-old Oscar Mata was scheduled to take his first major standardized test, his parents received word from his school that …

Education

They're Watching You at Work

What happens when Big Data meets human resources? The emerging practice of "people analytics" is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote.<p>In 2003, thanks to Michael Lewis and his best seller <i>Moneyball</i>, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, Billy Beane, became a star. The previous …

The Things They Buried

Idecided to move across the country when I was nineteen years old. It was a strategic separation from everything I knew and found familiar—and for …

How a Bubble Sheet Killed Learning

“‘There was this transformation of the whole culture—and curriculum,’ Andrea says. ‘I could see it mostly through the homework. It really looked like …

A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses

Author: Joshua Davis. Joshua Davis Business<p>Date of Publication: 10.15.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>You can read a version of this story in …

Jay Z Has the Room

Everyone knows Shawn “Jay Z” Carter is smart, talented, and wildly successful, his Roc Nation empire continually expanding: the new sports agency, a fragrance launch this month, a luxury-goods partnership with Barneys. What’s fascinating is the way a drug dealer turned rapper turned mogul and …

20 minutes at Rucker Park

Thomas "TJ" Webster Jr. waits impatiently for the ball to be tossed in the air. The only white player on the court, he can sense the eyes of the few dozen spectators lounging around the steel and plastic bleachers.<p>At half court, the sole referee delicately balances the ball on his fingertips while …

José Mourinho and André Villas-Boas: how the inseparable duo grew apart

Perhaps the question was mischievous, but the answer was still revealing. André Villas-Boas had stood to leave his pre-match press briefing on the eve of the transfer deadline a little over a year ago when one last query was flung from the floor. The inquiry was nominally provoked by Tottenham …

Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves'

Exclusive: Abuse and exploitation of migrant workers preparing emirate for 2022<p>World Cup construction 'will leave 4,000 migrant workers dead' Analysis: Qatar 2022 puts Fifa's reputation on the line<p>Dozens of Nepalese migrant labourers have died in Qatar in recent weeks and thousands more are …

The Partido Popular and Their "Taking The Piss" Department

I used to take politics quite seriously but then I came to live in Spain. However it is now getting even funnier. Over the last two weeks I’ve been …

La semana trágica de Mourinho

<b>"¿Por qué me visten con ropas prestadas?" Macbeth, William Shakespeare.</b><p>Hay que tener el corazón de piedra para no sentir un poco de compasión por …

The Flight from Dallas

From noon to dusk on November 22, 1963, history went dark, locked inside the closed and crowded cabin of Air Force One. Fifty years later, what happened after JFK died has fully come to light.<p><i>This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue.</i><p>12:30 P.M., CENTRAL STANDARD TIME<p>Colonel James …

Secret Service

The Honey Launderers: Uncovering the Largest Food Fraud in U.S. History

Magnus von Buddenbrock and Stefanie Giesselbach arrived in Chicago in 2006 full of hope. He was 30, she was 28, and they had both won their first …