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Read the best long reads from around the internet, including outstanding long-form articles leading publishers like The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, LA Times, Washington Post and many more.

The School Shooting That Austin Forgot

The School Shooting That Austin Forgot

Crime, History, Long Reads

John Ray barely remembered the details of that day—May 18, 1978—when a friend at his Austin junior high school walked into class and, in front of Ray and twenty other eighth graders, shot and killed their teacher, Wilbur “Rod” Grayson. Ray and his classmates still wonder: What really happened?

Dressing For The Surveillance Age

Dressing For The Surveillance Age

Cities, Long Reads, Tech

As cities become ever more packed with cameras that always see, public anonymity could disappear. Can stealth streetwear evade electronic eyes? Is there anything fashion can do to counter the erosion of public anonymity?

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

Long Reads, Tech

How an insecure, acid-dropping hippie kid reinvented himself as a technological visionary – and changed the world. He rewrote the rules of business, combining Sixties idealism with greed-is-good capitalism. He never did anything first, but he did it best.

Going The Distance (And Beyond) To Catch Marathon Cheaters

Going The Distance (And Beyond) To Catch Marathon Cheaters

Long Reads

Derek Murphy investigates runners whose times seem suspicious, which is what brought him to a 70-year-old doctor named Frank Meza. He’d run an exceptional time of 2 hours, 53 minutes that day, setting a record for the fastest marathon ever run by a man his age.

How I Finally Learned To Sleep

How I Finally Learned To Sleep

Health, Life, Long Reads

For decades, Kate Edgley struggled with insomnia. She tried everything, but nothing seemed to work… Here, she reveals the terrible toll it took on her life – and how she eventually realised her dreams.

For Cops Who Kill, Special Supreme Court Protection

For Cops Who Kill, Special Supreme Court Protection

Crime, Long Reads

The U.S. high court’s continual refinement of an obscure legal doctrine has made it harder to hold police accountable when accused of using excessive force. Sick with pneumonia, agitated and confused, Johnny Leija refused to return to his hospital room. Moments later, Leija was dead at age 34.

The Big China Short

The Big China Short

Business, Crime, Long Reads

Researchers had a hunch that Luckin Coffee, China’s fast-growing challenger to Starbucks and a company traded in the U.S. stock market, was falsifying financial statements to exaggerate its sales. A few months later, an anonymously written 89-page report landed on Wall Street and leveled one of China’s hottest startups.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
She Was The PTA Mom Everyone Knew. Who Would Want To Harm Her?

She Was The PTA Mom Everyone Knew. Who Would Want To Harm Her?

Long Reads

Kelli Peters, 49, with short blond hair and a slightly bohemian air. As the volunteer director of the Afterschool Classroom Enrichment program at Plaza Vista, she was a constant presence on campus, whirling down the halls in flip-flops and bright sundresses. Who would want to harm her?

‘Angels’ In Hell: The Culture Of Misogyny Inside Victoria’s Secret

‘Angels’ In Hell: The Culture Of Misogyny Inside Victoria’s Secret

Business, Long Reads

Victoria’s Secret defined femininity for millions of women. But inside the company, two powerful men presided over an entrenched culture of misogyny, bullying and harassment, according to interviews with more than 30 current and former executives, employees, contractors and models, as well as court filings and other documents.

Inside The Booming Business Of Background Music

Inside The Booming Business Of Background Music

Long Reads, Media

The background music industry – also known as music design, music consultancy or something offered as part of a broader package of “experiential design” or “sensory marketing” – is constantly deciding what we hear as we go about our everyday business. The biggest player in the industry, Mood Media, supplies music to 560,000 locations across the world, from Sainsbury’s to KFC.

Inside The Race To Build The Best Quantum Computer On Earth

Inside The Race To Build The Best Quantum Computer On Earth

Innovation, Long Reads, Science, Tech

Given their size and wealth, both Google and IBM have a shot at becoming serious players in the quantum computing business. Companies will rent their machines to tackle problems the way they currently rent cloud-based data storage and processing power from Amazon, Google, IBM, or Microsoft.

Inside Google's Civil War

Inside Google's Civil War

Business, Long Reads, Tech

With its “Don’t be evil” mantra, Google was a central player in creating the rosy optimism of the tech boom. Some employees say Google is losing touch with that motto. What happens when an empowered tech workforce rebels?

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
Uber Wars In Argentina

Uber Wars In Argentina

Apps, Long Reads, Tech

Since Uber arrived in Argentina in 2016, taxi drivers have come out in force, torching ride-share cars, beating drivers, and shaming passengers. There have been more than 1,041 fights — that have been reported to police, anyway.

Britain’s Secret War With Russia

Britain’s Secret War With Russia

Crime, Long Reads, Politics

From the attempted assassination of a double agent in a sleepy English city to the expulsion of scores of Russian diplomats from Western capitals, this fight would grow and morph, drawing in a chemical-weapons attack in Syria and rolling scandals about Russian sports doping.

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became The Web’s Best Weapon Against Misinformation

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became The Web’s Best Weapon Against Misinformation

Long Reads, Media, Tech

Twenty years after it sputtered onto the web, it’s now a de facto pillar in our fact-checking infrastructure. Its pages often top Google search and feed the knowledge panels that appear at the top of those results. Big Tech’s own efforts to stop misinformation also rely upon Wikipedia.

The Climate Crisis Isn’t Coming, It’s Already Here

The Climate Crisis Isn’t Coming, It’s Already Here

Long Reads, Nature

The climate crises will spell our doom, a disaster that’s not merely on its way—it’s already here. Rosecrans Baldwin embeds with the government agents and the doomsday experts preparing now for the plagues, and the panics, and the fast-approaching day when life on our warming planet finally falls apart.

Is Poverty Necessary?

Is Poverty Necessary?

Health, Life, Long Reads

Progress is dynamic, self-generating, unpredictable. Poverty is static, effectively resourceless, subject to interests that are not its own, therefore valuable to those interests. 

The Saga Of Punkin’ Donuts

The Saga Of Punkin’ Donuts

Business, Long Reads

The Dunkin’ Donuts that used to be at the northwest corner of Belmont and Clark earned its nickname in the 80s and 90s. How a doughnut-shop parking lot became a confluence of Chicago youth subcultures—and what killed it off.

Why Do We Work So Hard?

Why Do We Work So Hard?

Business, Economics, Health, Long Reads

Work, in this context, means active, billable labour. But in reality, it rarely stops. It follows us home on our smartphones, tugging at us during an evening out or in the middle of our children’s bedtime routines. It becomes our lives if we are not careful. It becomes us.

The Fight To Save Broad Beach

The Fight To Save Broad Beach

Long Reads, Nature

Malibu homeowners banded together to address sea level rise. A decade later, they are at war with the city, the surfers, and each other. The choices are clear: Do nothing and lose the coast. Stall by dredging in sand, bouldering up revetments and emergency sea walls. Or look at long-term solutions.

A Parallel Neighborhood Of Unhoused People Has Grown Up Around The Existing Community

A Parallel Neighborhood Of Unhoused People Has Grown Up Around The Existing Community

Cities, Life, Long Reads

In Koreatown, the homeless live on sidewalks, in alleyways, parks—and anyplace else they can find. Dilapidated tents bound together with rope create strange formations amid the city’s mix of modern and Art Deco architecture. They awkwardly jut from the sidewalks like poorly crafted spaceships.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
How Vacation Became Just Another Thing We’re Working On

How Vacation Became Just Another Thing We’re Working On

Business, Long Reads

Something’s up with retreats. Isn’t this supposed to be the age of burnout? Don’t people deny themselves vacation days and spend all their leisure time working on their side-hustles? How are retreats so popular when regular, no-frills relaxation is elusive for so many people? Maybe retreats are the future of vacations.

How To Prepare Now For The Complete End Of The World

How To Prepare Now For The Complete End Of The World

Life, Long Reads, Nature

Some people now are considering what it means to live in a world that could be shut down by a pandemic. But some people are already living like this. Some do it because they just like it. Some do it because they think the end has, in fact, already begun to arrive.

How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

Long Reads, Tech

The world’s biggest travel site has turned the industry upside down – but now it is struggling to deal with the same kinds of problems that are vexing other tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter. The future of TripAdvisor and similar enterprises seems less certain than it once did.

The People Who Shaped The World Wide Web

The People Who Shaped The World Wide Web

History, Long Reads, Tech

Thirty years ago, the world wide web was a way for scientists to share data. Since then, it’s become a critical force for industry, and how the world connects. But this didn’t happen all at once. The web’s evolution has been shaped by the geography of its creators and users.

I Tried AirBnb's Zaniest Online Experiences

I Tried AirBnb's Zaniest Online Experiences

Apps, Long Reads

Could the company’s latest play to own the experience economy transport me virtually around the world? I made sangria with drag queens in Portugal, meditated with sleepy sheep in Scotland, and visited stray dogs in Ukraine to find out just how far Zoom-powered travel could take me.

The True Story Of The White Island Eruption

The True Story Of The White Island Eruption

Long Reads, World

In December 2019, around 100 tourists set out for New Zealand’s Whakaari/White Island, where an active volcano has attracted hundreds of thousands of vacationers since the early 1990s. Then the volcano exploded. What happened next reveals troubling questions about the risks we’re willing to take when lives hang in the balance.

The Quest For Ancestral Riches That May Not Exist

The Quest For Ancestral Riches That May Not Exist

Long Reads

Videos of men riffling through documents are meant to offer proof that thousands of people from a Dominican family, the Rosarios, are the heirs to a multibillion-dollar fortune they believe resides mainly in Credit Suisse’s vaults and those of Banco Santander SA in Spain.

The Last Giraffes On Earth

The Last Giraffes On Earth

Long Reads, Nature

The planet’s tallest animal is in far greater danger than people might think. Until recently, giraffes have suffered from surprising scientific neglect. Few researchers have studied them in the wild, so even basic aspects of their lives remain mysterious.

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