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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.

A Mother Journeys Through Grief Across Finland’s Many Islands

A Mother Journeys Through Grief Across Finland’s Many Islands

Life, Long Reads

The beauty and calm of the Aland archipelago is deceptive. Aland is a Swedish-speaking autonomous region of Finland and consists of 16 municipalities. The island population is close to 30,000; around 12,000 live in Mariehamn. The smallest municipality, Sottunga, had 91 residents in 2018. Isolation encourages contemplation — but can it offer respite as well?

Faith, Friendship, And Tragedy At Santa Fe High

Faith, Friendship, And Tragedy At Santa Fe High

Long Reads

Sabika Sheikh, a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan with dreams of changing the world, struck up an unlikely friendship with an evangelical Christian girl. The two became inseparable—until the day a fellow student opened fire.

Blood And Soil In Narendra Modi’s India

Blood And Soil In Narendra Modi’s India

Long Reads, Politics, World

The Prime Minister’s Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies. The lack of journalistic scrutiny has given Modi immense freedom to control the narrative. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the months leading up to his reëlection.

The Race To Develop The Moon

The Race To Develop The Moon

Long Reads, Science

For science, profit, and pride, China, the U.S., and private companies are hunting for resources on the lunar surface. It’s not difficult to imagine moon development, like all development, proceeding less than peacefully, and less than equitably.

The Secret History Of A Cold War Mastermind

The Secret History Of A Cold War Mastermind

History, Long Reads

The legend of Gus Weiss, hero of the Cold War, ends 11 stories below the balcony of his condo at the Watergate complex in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2003. A broken corpse on the sidewalk. He was a shrewd intelligence insider, pulled off an audacious tech hack against the Soviets in the last century. Or did he?

Why Can’t We Agree On What’s True Any More?

Why Can’t We Agree On What’s True Any More?

Long Reads, Media

It’s not about foreign trolls, filter bubbles or fake news. If there is one thing on which virtually everyone is agreed, it is that the news and information we receive is biased. Technology encourages us to believe we can all have first-hand access to the ‘real’ facts – and now we can’t stop fighting about it.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: How The Biggest Heist In The History Of Us Espionage Was Foiled

The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: How The Biggest Heist In The History Of Us Espionage Was Foiled

Crime, Long Reads

Being underestimated had been the theme of Brian Regan’s life, a curse he had borne silently since childhood. But for the mission he had now embarked upon, it was a blessing. No one in the intelligence community could have imagined that he of all people was capable of masterminding a complex espionage plot.

I Accidentally Uncovered A Nationwide Scam On Airbnb

I Accidentally Uncovered A Nationwide Scam On Airbnb

Long Reads, Tech

An undetected scam created by some person or organization that had figured out just how easy it is to exploit Airbnb’s poorly written rules in order to collect thousands of dollars through phony listings, fake reviews, and, when necessary, intimidation.

That Wonderful Summer

That Wonderful Summer

History, Long Reads

On July 4, 1988, FIFA awarded the 1994 World Cup to the United States. At the time, there was no top-flight professional league in the U.S., and it had been 38 years since the country had participated in a World Cup. As a condition for awarding the tournament, FIFA required the United States to create a new professional league.

The Preposterous Success Story Of America’s Pillow King

The Preposterous Success Story Of America’s Pillow King

Business, Long Reads

The tale of Mike Lindell begins in a crack house. The 47-year-old divorced father of four had run out of crack, again. He realized that abusing crack and running a business weren’t compatible in the long term and vowed to fulfill his dream of making “the world’s best pillow.”

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.

‘We’re The Only Plane In The Sky’

‘We’re The Only Plane In The Sky’

History, Long Reads, Politics

Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history. Where was the president in the eight hours after the Sept. 11 attacks? The strange, harrowing journey of Air Force One, as told by the people who were on board.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
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.

How The ‘Rugby Rape Trial’ Divided Ireland

How The ‘Rugby Rape Trial’ Divided Ireland

Crime, Long Reads

After a trial that dominated the news, the accused were all found not guilty. But the case had tapped into a deeper rage that has not died down. The #MeToo movement was in full flow, and women from all over the island of Ireland were telling painful stories of sexual humiliations at the hands of men.

The Godfather Of Fake News

The Godfather Of Fake News

Apps, Long Reads, Media

Once his stories go viral, the Facebook comments burst forth. And that’s when Christopher Blair the fake news writer becomes Christopher Blair the crusading left-wing troll. It’s then that he starts on the offensive. The faker becomes the exposer, weeding out and reporting the most extreme users among his fans.

The Web We Have To Save

The Web We Have To Save

Long Reads, Media, Tech

In the past, the web was powerful and serious enough to land me in jail. Today it feels like little more than entertainment. The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?

Muslims Of Early America

Muslims Of Early America

History, Long Reads

Muslims came to America more than a century before Protestants, and in great numbers. How was their history forgotten? Not just the language of Islam, but the religion itself likely arrived in America in 1492, more than 20 years before Martin Luther nailed his theses to the door, igniting the Protestant reformation.

Who Killed Two Journalists In Ukraine? And Why?

Who Killed Two Journalists In Ukraine? And Why?

Crime, Long Reads, World

An investigation and trial has answered some of the questions about what happened to Andrei Mironov and the Italian photographer he was accompanying. Yet so much remains uncertain. Theirs is a story of the murky nature of facts in a war zone. It’s a story of elusive moral clarity in a land where death comes from who knows where.

How To Spot A Perfect Fake: The World’s Top Art Forgery Detective

How To Spot A Perfect Fake: The World’s Top Art Forgery Detective

Art, Crime, Long Reads

The incentive to be a proficient forger has soared; a single, expertly executed old master knockoff can finance a long, comfortable retirement. The technologies available to abet the aspiring forger have also improved. Forgeries have got so good – and so costly – that Sotheby’s has brought in its own in-house fraud-busting expert.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
Was The Millennium Dome Really So Bad? The Inside Story Of A (Not So) Total Disaster

Was The Millennium Dome Really So Bad? The Inside Story Of A (Not So) Total Disaster

Architecture, Long Reads, Politics

Twenty years later, it is still a byword for New Labour hubris, squandered resources and hideously bungled planning. In fact, it was a byword for all of these things before it even opened. It is clear that the prevailing narrative that the Dome was a total failure is not – or at least not quite – the full story.

Can Kyoto's Buddhist Cuisine Teach Us All To Eat Better?

Can Kyoto's Buddhist Cuisine Teach Us All To Eat Better?

Food, Long Reads

From the Buddhist perspective, cooking is a form of spiritual practice that produces nourishment to prepare the body for hard work and meditation. Its goals are nothing less than permanent enlightenment, nirvana, the fundamental transformation of the human mind and society.

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.

The Price Of Dominionist Theology

The Price Of Dominionist Theology

Economics, Life, Long Reads

Because my father believed that debt was sinful, and believed God wanted him and my mom to have as many kids as possible, they were too broke to help me pay for college. Because of this anti-debt theology, I wasn’t allowed to take out student loans, and had to attend a really conservative Christian college because it was so cheap.

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.

How Space Tries To Kill You And Make You Ugly

How Space Tries To Kill You And Make You Ugly

Long Reads, Science

Outer space is the most noxious of substances: devoid of air and filled with a soup of deadly particles in the form of high-energy photons and energetic bits of atomic nuclei. The lack of gravity there affects every element of your being, as even the proteins in your body can’t figure out which way is up.

The Malaysian Job: How Wall Street Enabled A Global Financial Scandal

The Malaysian Job: How Wall Street Enabled A Global Financial Scandal

Business, Crime, Long Reads

The story of possibly the largest fraud in financial history—in which, billions of dollars were diverted from a Malaysian sovereign-wealth fund called 1Malaysia Development Berhad into covert campaign-finance accounts, U.S. political campaigns, Hollywood movies, and the pockets of innumerable other recipients.

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?

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