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Angela’s Ashes

<i>by Sarah Liss</i><p>In the early autumn of 1994, fuelled by a kind of defanged hubris, my friends and I dyed our hair Angela Chase red. To be fair, the …

Interview: Caitlin Moran on the Working Class, Masturbation, and Writing a Novel

Jessica Gross | Longreads | Sept. 25, 2014 | 13 minutes (3,300 words)<p><i>Caitlin Moran has worked as a journalist, critic, and essayist in the U.K. for</i> …

The Real Lolita | Hazlitt

<b>Sally Horner walked into the Woolworth’s</b> on Broadway and Federal to steal a five-cent notebook. She had to, if the girls’ club she desperately wanted …

How to Write

I teach a Popular Criticism class to MFA students. I don’t actually have an MFA, but I am a professional, full-time writer who has been in this …

What Life Was Like for an Executioner’s Family in the 16th Century

Neighbors in Bamberg had become accustomed to the weekly ritual getting under way in the back courtyard of Meister Heinrich Schmidt’s house and went …

Jesus Land

<i>Julia Scheeres | Jesus Land | 2012 | 21 minutes (5,152 words)</i><p><i>For our Longreads Member Pick, we’re excited to share the opening chapter of</i> Jesus Land<i>,</i> …

Cinema Tarantino: The Making of Pulp Fiction

The first independent film to gross more than $200 million, Pulp Fiction was a shot of adrenaline to Hollywood’s heart, reviving John Travolta’s career, making stars of Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman, and turning Bob and Harvey Weinstein into giants. How did Quentin Tarantino, a high-school …

The Comfortable, Comic Genius of ‘Broad City’

<i>Broad City</i> returns tonight, much to the glee of critics and fans alike. At Grantland, Rachel Syme spent time with the comic geniuses behind the show, …

The Next Civil Rights Issue: Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet

I was 12 hours into a summer vacation in Palm Springs when my phone hummed to life, buzzing twice next to me in the dark of my hotel room. I squinted …

Caught Up in the Cult Wars: Confessions of a New Religious Movement Researcher

Susan J. Palmer | University of Toronto Press | 2001 | 38 minutes (9,328 words)<p><i>The below article comes recommended by Longreads contributing editor</i> …

Thïs Ïs thë Ënd

They've had more sex, done more drugs, and cranked out more rock 'n' roll than any other metal band on earth this side of Led Zeppelin. But now, after thirty-three years, Mötley Crüe are calling it quits. First, however, there must be one last ass-kicking world tour. GQ's Drew Magary hit the road …

Mötley Crüe

A Brief History of ‘It’ Girls

<i>“It isn’t beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It’s just ‘It’.”</i><p>—Rudyard Kipling<p>1. “Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Clara Bow, ‘It’ Girl,” …

Life with Mental Illness: A Reading List

<i>Below is a guest reading list by journalist Genna Buck. Buck wrote our recent Longreads Member Pick, “Autistic and Searching for a Home,” published</i> …

The True Life Confessions of Fleetwood Mac

<i>Fuck it . . . Peter Green didn’t want his £30,000 a year. The money was royalties from his work with his old blues band, Fleetwood Mac. He’d quit the</i> …

To Fall Out of Love, Do This

In Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love essay, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” she refers to a study by the psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. The 36 …

To Be More Creative, Cheer Up - Issue 20: Creativity

I pour a cup of coffee, sharpen my pencil, and get ready to create. I’ve dusted off a half-conceived novel outline I abandoned three years ago, but …

The Cutthroat World of Elite Public Schools

Can selective-admissions policies ever be fair?<p>In September 2012, the NAACP’s legal arm joined forces with two other advocacy groups to file a federal civil rights complaint against New York City’s public school system. The issue at hand was—and still is—the city’s nine elite public high schools. …

House Perfect

Is the IKEA ethos comfy or creepy?<p>On a recent Sunday, I woke up around 8 <i>A.M.</i> I had slept on a <i>SULTANA HAGAVIK</i> mattress. I smoothed the <i>DVALA</i> fitted sheet and tucked the <i>HENNY CIRKEL</i> quilt beneath four pillows sheathed in matching polka-dot cases. In the kitchen, some lettuce clung to the meniscus of a</i> …

Are You “Internet Sexual”? – Matter – Medium

Welcome to Chaturbate, where live-cam performers engage in the wild and the weird. But watch it long enough and you realize that social media has …

Meet The Bail Bond Queen

Wearing high-heeled boots and flanked by two bodyguards, Michelle Esquenazi strode into the classroom and took a seat in front of 30 or so sleepy teenagers. It was a cloudless morning in November, and the owner and president of Empire Bail Bonds was invited to speak at Wellington C. Mepham, a …

Financial Services

Let’s Get Drinks

<i>A:</i> Hey, girl! So great to see you at Mike’s party on New Year’s. You free this week? Want to grab drinks?<p><b>B:</b> Yo!!!!! Sorry it took me so long to respond. I’m the worst. Yes! I’d love to! First round is on me because I’m so terrible. Tuesday???<p><i>A:</i> Ugh, Tuesday is my friend Rachel’s birthday. I am the …