Long-form Journalism

New publication aims to be ‘good for your head’

As media habits shift in Switzerland, new projects are emerging to complement traditional publications. One of them launched last week.<p>Zeynep Ersan …

Journalism

Why Quotas Still Don’t Work for Journalism

Imagine you work in an industry where accuracy and precision are hugely important. Your work is scrutinized by an ever-growing field of critics eager …

Journalism

Desperately Seeking Daniel Day-Lewis

In 1989, during a performance of <i>Hamlet</i> at the National Theater, Daniel Day-Lewis walked off the stage. Like Hamlet, he claimed, he’d seen his …

Journalism

Exile in Guyville

For <i>Interview</i> magazine, singer-songwriter Liz Phair talks with author Elizabeth Wurtzel, whose first book, <i>Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in …

Journalism

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

<i>This week, we’re sharing stories from Caity Weaver, Marisa Meltzer, Jiayang Fan, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, and Jeff Maysh.</i><i>Sign up to receive this list</i> …

Journalism

The Strange Fate of Kim's Video by Karina Longworth

How the museum-quality 55,000 film collection that an East Village video store gave away ended up in a small, possibly mob-run village in Sicily.

Journalism

How One Porn Mogul Made His Fortune and Ruined Everything

Despite riches, power, and respect, some people are never satisfied. A poor North Carolina kid named Michael Thevis turned paperback smut and peep …

British Humour

Reunification Will Have to Bridge the DMZ and Massive Technological Gaps

Some physicians in South Korea are working to understand the differences in healthcare across the DMZ and health issues North Korean defectors face, …

Journalism

How Do You Name a Not-Quite-Fat Ken Doll?

The new lineup of Ken Dolls — seeking to represent a more multicultural, physically diverse populace (read: client base) — landed earlier this week …

Journalism

Two-And-a-Half Minutes to Midnight: Our Fear of Nukes and How We Got Here

<i>Elizabeth King | Longreads | June 2017 | 10 minutes (2645 words)</i> Bug-out bags, self-designed evacuation plans, stockpiles in the garage. Most …

North Korea

Immoral or Merciful? Canadian Doctors Divided on Medically Assisted Death

Before assisted suicide was legal in Canada, there was a secret society devoted to helping Canadians end their lives on their own terms. As Nicholas …

Journalism

Longform Podcast #250: Patricia Lockwood

Patricia Lockwood is a poet and essayist. Her new book is <i>Priestdaddy: A Memoir</i>.“[Prose writing is] strange to me as a poet. I’m like, ‘Well I guess …

Journalism

Roxane Gay on the Final Frontier: Acceptance for Every Female Body

At <i>Elle</i>, Marisa Meltzer profiles Roxane Gay as the prolific author prepares to go on tour to support <i>Hunger</i>, a book she calls “by far the hardest book …

Journalism

The American Dental Refugees of Mexico’s ‘Molar City’

A mouth full of healthy teeth has become a luxury in America, and the divide between rich teeth and poor teeth has become a stark symbol of …

Journalism

In Silicon Valley, Transportation Innovation Is a Flat Circle

Ride-sharing app Lyft has a new service available in Chicago and San Francisco that they’re calling a “shuttle.” According to Lifehacker, it works …

Journalism

Five Questions for an Actor in the Ensemble of ‘Julius Caesar’

The crowd is its own character in <i>Julius Caesar;</i> they are there to be angered, to forgive, to protest, and most importantly, to be persuaded. In Oskar …

Julius Caesar

Highway Robbery: How the Port Trucking Industry is Rigged Against Drivers

Did you know that your Ralph Lauren polo shirt was driven to the warehouse by an indentured servant? At <i>USA Today</i>, Brett Murphy reports on how port …

Ralph Lauren

To Win in Georgia, Ignore the Data and Follow the Signs

A few days ago, a colleague encouraged me to check out the donation page of Jon Ossoff, the 30-year-old Democratic candidate for Georgia’s 6th …

Jon Ossoff

Where Have All The White House Press Briefings Gone?

The Trump administration’s combative relationship with the media is no secret, and the president’s supporters have happily rallied behind his …

Donald Trump

Race in America Has Never Been an Either-Or Proposition

In an essay in <i>Harper’s</i>, Zadie Smith examines Jordan Peele’s film <i>Get Out</i>, and Dana Schutz’s painting <i>Emmett Till —</i> recently exhibited at the Whitney, …

Journalism

A Village Falls into the Sea

In the middle of the map, climate change can feel like an abstraction. Is a warmer, wetter summer an anomaly in the weather pattern, or part of a …

Climate Change

The Best of City And Regional Magazines: A Reading List

Last month, the City and Regional Magazine Association, a membership-based body of local magazines and alt-weeklies, announced the winners of its …

Journalism

Following John McPhee’s Path to ‘Oranges’

Some works of nonfiction grow dated quickly, others remain what poet Ezra Pound called “the news that stays news.” John McPhee’s slim book <i>Oranges</i> …

Journalism

Something Unspeakable Happened in Allende, Mexico

In March 2011, gunmen from the Zetas drug cartel descended on the small town of Allende, an hour from the US border, killing dozens, possibly …

Mexico

Celebrating a Second Independence Day: A Juneteenth Reading List

June 19, also known as Juneteenth, marks the day when, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted, slaves in Texas were …

Black History

A Portrait of the Artist as an Undocumented Immigrant

<i>J.M. Servín</i>| For Love of the Dollar: A Portrait of the Artist as An Undocumented Immigrant | <i>Unnamed Press</i> | <i>translated by Anthony Seidman | March 2017</i> …

Journalism

Did Media Criticism Force Megyn Kelly to Go Harder on Alex Jones?

A lot of people were very upset about Megyn Kelly’s much-teased interview of conspiracy theorist and bad father Alex Jones, the man behind the …

Megyn Kelly

Unknowable Dads: A Father’s Day Reading List

Dear old Dad. To hear retailers tell the story, he’s a transparent creature, someone who is pleased by the simple things: a shirt, a book, a steak, a …

Journalism

(Re)Merchandising NASA as a Feminist Act

On <i>Women You Should Know</i>, Dr. Katie Hinde shares the responses she received after tweeting about moving some NASA shirts from the boys section to the …

Feminism

My Father’s Adventure Was My Terror

<i>Diana Whitney | Longreads | June 2017 | 8 minutes (2,009 words)</i> Afterward, I wondered whether my father understood there was danger at the Afghan …

Journalism