Long-form Journalism

How TripAdvisor changed travel

Should one be so unlucky as to find oneself, as I did, lying awake in bed in the early hours of the morning in a hostel in La Paz, Bolivia, listening anxiously to the sound of someone trying to force their way into one’s room, one could do worse than to throw a chair under the doorknob as a first …

Harvard Business School

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

<i>This week, we’re sharing stories from Steve Stecklow, Lynn Johnson, Steven Hyden, Morgan Jerkins, and Chris McGreal.</i><p><i>Steve Stecklow | Reuters | August</i> …

Journalism

Inside Facebook’s plan to protect the U.S. midterm elections

Is it enough?<p>Two weeks ago, on a hastily scheduled conference call with journalists, Facebook executives announced what many felt was inevitable: Someone, perhaps Russia, was once again trying to use the social network to “sow division” among U.S. voters, this time before November’s midterm …

Internet

The Next Great USC QB Shouldn’t Even Be in College

<i>Is Sam Darnold going to save the Jets? Who knows? Will he save … the world? It’s still too early to tell. But to all of the Jets fans out there who</i> …

College Football

Why Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Is So Hard to Stop

The latest horrific report came from Pennsylvania, but it won't be the last one, thanks in part to an insane lobby standing in the way.<p>On Tuesday, a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church that was nothing less than explosive. Although Americans have …

Journalism

‘It feels impossible to beat’: how I was floored by menopause

For Rose George, menopause has proved far worse than ‘low moods’. It feels like a derangement. And what the hell is it for?<p>I stare stupidly at it. It’s nothing much to look at. It’s only a small pile of clothing: the shorts and tank top that I wear in bed, which I have thrown on to the floor before …

Women's News

The Agonizingly Slow Progress Against The Cancer That Killed Aretha Franklin

Say a big prayer for the Queen of Soul – but a little one, too, for the scientists who are making slow progress against the disease that killed her.<p>Aretha Franklin, whose unearthly voice turned songs like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Respect” into immortal classics, died this …

Cancer

Here Are Some Quality Aretha Franklin Performances to Get You Through the Day

Remember her as a fierce vocalist and performer.<p>After this morning's death of Aretha Franklin, there's no better way to honor her memory (besides re-committing yourself to the fight for civil rights, that is) than to watch her perform. She had a presence like none other, whether she was shimmying …

Aretha Franklin

Snowbound

As Stephen Olshansky hiked south through alpine Colorado in the crackling beauty of autumn 2015, he knew he was playing chicken with the arrival of winter. He was almost past the highest peaks along the Continental Divide Trail as fall storms laid down the first sheets of snow—not enough to stop …

Journalism

Twelve Longreads for Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin was born in a small house on Lucy Avenue in Memphis, south of where the Mississippi River cuts through the city, on March 25, …

Aretha Franklin

Unapologetically Liz

Liz Cambage is in a hurry. The center for the WNBA's Dallas Wings quickly steps out of the elevator, on the ninth floor, arriving at one of her favorite local restaurants, Mercury Chophouse. She struts to her customary table, the third one on the right, the one with the pea-green cushions.<p>The 6'8" …

Women's Basketball

A Restaurant—and Family—Grows in Portland

Three years ago, in the middle of the night on a rainy Portland weekday in April, Sun Young Park reached her breaking point. She was up late caring …

Journalism

“You Didn’t Tune in to a Football Game to Feel Like S---”: Why ESPN Chose Joe Tessitore to Rebuild Its Relationship With the NFL

Joe Tessitore, the announcer ESPN picked to reboot <i>Monday Night Football</i>, has a preferred way of getting to know people. He wants to bring them into …

TV

Musk, Tesla and the Valley’s love-hate relationship with Wall Street

When Tesla boss Elon Musk told the world in a late afternoon tweet that he wanted to take Tesla private, at $420 a share, he sent investors, …

Venture Capital

The Enduring Allure of the Franchise Running Back

<i>Running is the past. Passing is the future. With completion percentages across the NFL continuing to rise, your average handoff seemed destined for</i> …

NFL

From ‘Thrashin’’ to ‘Kids’ and Beyond: A History of Skateboarding Movies

The plot of the 1965 short film <i>Skaterdater</i>is simple, but packs a lot into its 18 dialogue-free minutes. A barefoot boy rides a wooden plank attached …

Journalism

Poem: Bamboo, the Dance

Paul Celan’s harrowing Holocaust incantation, “Death Fugue,” is the apparent inspiration for this poem by Marilyn Chin, a withering takedown of our so-called global diplomacy. The immigrant’s dream of a better life, “free and lush,” deteriorates as she is swept up into a vicious cycle of ethnic and …

Culture

Hackers are preparing an ‘unlimited’ ATM cash heist. Here’s how to protect yourself

The FBI is warning financial institutions that cybercriminals are preparing to execute a hack that could siphon a virtually unlimited amount of money …

Identity Theft

What Must Survive a Corrupt Catholic Church

I have a Catholic friend who lives in an exceptionally bad diocese and who for years has been heaving rocks up mountains to keep his faith strong and his family in church. His resilience has amazed me. Yesterday, after a grand jury report revealed that bishops and other leaders of the Roman …

Christianity

Special Report: Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (Reuters) - In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told U.S. senators that the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire.<p>Some 700,000 members of the Rohingya community had recently fled the country …

Asia

“Cocaine, Speed, and Gallons of Jack Daniel’s”: The Last Rock ’n’ Roll Superstars Were … Korn?

“Korn, Manson, Bizkit—that was the golden age of music, I believe. And after us, it died.”<p>Jonathan Davis, who at 47 has been Korn’s lead singer for …

Music

The Great Chinese Art Heist

Strange how it keeps happening, how the greatest works of Chinese art keep getting brazenly stolen from museums around the world. Is it a conspiracy? Vengeance for treasures plundered years ago? We sent Alex W. Palmer to investigate the trail of theft and the stunning rumor: Is the Chinese …

Museums

Her Searing Gut Pain Suggested Celiac. Why Didn’t Cutting Out Gluten Help?

“I’m dying,” the 57-year-old woman whispered. Though they sat right next to her bed, her two sisters had to strain to hear the words. “I can feel the life just slipping away from me.” They were going to take her to the hospital, the oldest sister told her. But not to the hospital she’d just …

Journalism

Saving Lives With Tech Amid Syria’s Endless Civil War

On the Morning of April 11, Abu al-Nour was lounging at home in a small town in Syria’s Idlib Province. It was a pleasant day, and his seven …

Middle East

Why You Should

By Eve Babitz<i>Playboy</i>, December, 1989<p>My only recommendation to a man who is even remotely thinking about ballroom dancing is to be careful. Unless you …

Dancing

David Marchese

David Marchese is the interviewer for <i>New York's</i> "In Conversation" series.<p>"The thing I like about doing long interviews with people is that each one …

Journalism

Style Ain’t Cheap, aka That Stuffed Coyote Costs Extra

Look out, here come the microhotels: painfully hip hotels with teeny tiny rooms, but curated lobbies and super-Instagrammable roof terraces. At <i>The</i> …

Journalism

The Last of the Live Reviewers: An Interview with Nate Chinen

<i>Matthew Kassel | Longreads | August 2018 | 14 minutes (3,488 words)</i>Jazz has changed a lot over the past 100 years or so of its existence, but it has …

Journalism

Behind the Cover: Under Their Thumb

Gail Bichler, design director: “For this week’s cover, we liked the illustrator Pablo Delcan’s notion of having the digital Facebook thumb pressing down on a dimensional human. The final image combines flat vector art of the Facebook hand with a photographic image of a squashed lawmaker.”<p>Read the …

Journalism

Brown Girl with Bubblegum

<i>Lisa W. Rosenberg | Longreads | August 2018 | 11 minutes (2,676 words)</i> <br>My fifth birthday was approaching, and I had one goal: to blow big, beautiful, …

Journalism