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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 Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan… Stalin Did

The Bomb Didn’t Beat Japan… Stalin Did

History, Long Reads

The US bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when the Japanese finally succumbed to the threat of further nuclear bombardment and surrendered. The support for this narrative runs deep. But there are three major problems with it, and, taken together, they significantly undermine the traditional interpretation of the Japanese surrender.

Fake It Till You Make It: Meet The Wolves Of Instagram

Fake It Till You Make It: Meet The Wolves Of Instagram

Apps, Long Reads

To thousands of young millennials from humble backgrounds, Jordan Belfort’s Wolf of Wall Street story became a blueprint for how to escape an unremarkable life on low pay. Their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles, but what are these self-styled traders really selling?

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Lost Notebook

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Lost Notebook

Long Reads, Tech

In a journal with unlined 8-by-10 paper, Zuckerberg sketched his mission and product design and explored how a tiny company might become a vital utility for the world. In detail, he described features called Open Registration and Feed, two products that would supercharge his company.

Iron Is The New Cholesterol

Iron Is The New Cholesterol

Health, Life, Long Reads

Oxygen and iron are essential for the production of energy, but may also conspire to destroy the delicate order of our cells. Elevated iron is at the center of a web of disease stretching from cancer to diabetes.

How Two Lottery-Crazed Bank Clerks Cooked Up China’s Biggest Bank Robbery

How Two Lottery-Crazed Bank Clerks Cooked Up China’s Biggest Bank Robbery

Crime, Long Reads

On April 16, 2007, the fuzzy, grey star had just set, and the bustling streets cast further into darkness, when police detectives arrived at the Agricultural Bank of China. When detectives entered the vault, they were stumped. The suspects had left behind only one piece of physical evidence: a bag full of lottery tickets.

How Utah Keeps The American Dream Alive

How Utah Keeps The American Dream Alive

Long Reads, Politics

Economic mobility to rival Denmark’s, but without big government. Can the rest of the U.S. emulate Utah’s success? We could offer more, and better, help to people who need it. Why not look for more promising scripts than the ones played out across the U.S. today?

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
What Do We Do With Robert E. Lee?

What Do We Do With Robert E. Lee?

History, Long Reads, Politics

The president of Washington and Lee University, Will Dudley, understood the depth of his problem the moment he turned on the television and saw hoards of white men in collared shirts and khakis carrying tiki torches as they marched through Charlottesville, Virginia, protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.

The Brazilian Town Where The American Confederacy Lives On

The Brazilian Town Where The American Confederacy Lives On

Long Reads, World

Confederates who had rejected Reconstruction fled the United States in the wake of the Civil War—a voluntary exile that American history has more or less erased. The Confederados in Americana, Brazil, are one of the last remaining enclaves of the children of the unreconstructed South.

Iceland's Big Bitcoin Heist

Iceland's Big Bitcoin Heist

Business, Crime, Long Reads, Tech

With its cheap geothermal energy and low crime rate, Iceland has become the world’s leading miner of digital currency. Then the crypto-crooks showed up. The thieves weren’t robbing banks. They were stealing the presses that print digital money.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
The Jungle Prince Of Delhi

The Jungle Prince Of Delhi

Long Reads, Politics, World

For 40 years, journalists chronicled the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats who lived in a ruined palace in the Indian capital. It was a tragic, astonishing story. But was it true?

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.

Is Marriage Over?

Is Marriage Over?

Life, Long Reads

Marriage is practiced in every society yet is in steep decline globally. Is marriage collapsing because empowered women have less need for pair-bonds? Many writers trace the decline of marriage to the growing ease of single parenthood.

Inside Nxivm, The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment

Inside Nxivm, The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment

Crime, Long Reads

Citing the fact that Keith Raniere had a cast of girlfriends, the media declared that Nxivm was not a self-improvement company at all but rather a “sex-slave cult.” A federal investigation was opened, culminating in Mexican police officers plucking Raniere from a pricey villa.

The Diabolical Genius Of The Baby Advice Industry

The Diabolical Genius Of The Baby Advice Industry

Business, Life, Long Reads

Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer. While there might indeed be one right way to do things, you will never get to find out what it is.

The Unhealthy Truth Behind 'Wellness' And 'Clean Eating'

The Unhealthy Truth Behind 'Wellness' And 'Clean Eating'

Food, Health, Long Reads

I thought about food all day; I woke up at night thinking about sausage rolls, pizza, roast chicken with crisp, lemon-rubbed skin. Food friends and foes drew into two distinct camps in my mind, and I saw ill-health at every turn and in every mouthful. I became fearful and thin. I had found wellness. I was not well.

The Secret Rules Of The Internet

The Secret Rules Of The Internet

Long Reads, Politics, Tech

Many US-based companies continue to consign their moderators to the margins, shipping their platforms’ digital waste to “special economic zones” in the Global South. The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech.

The Woman Who Lives 200,000 Years in the Past

The Woman Who Lives 200,000 Years in the Past

Life, Long Reads

Lynx Vilden is a 54-year-old British expat who, for most of her adult life, has lived wholly off the grid. She doesn’t have cell service or WiFi. Until about ten years ago, Lynx also possessed no credit card, nor fixed address; her previous abodes had neither electricity nor running water.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

Long Reads, Tech

Miners now pouring into Eastern Washington are building sites with tens of thousands of servers and electrical loads of as much as 30 megawatts, or enough to power a neighborhood of 13,000 homes. And in the arms race that cryptocurrency mining has become, even these operations will soon be considered small-scale.

What Happened To American Childhood?

What Happened To American Childhood?

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The percentage of 12-to-17-year-olds who had experienced a major depressive episode in the previous year shot up from 8 percent to 13 percent. Among girls, the rate was even higher; in 2017, one in five reported experiencing major depression. Here’s what we can do about it.

Life Under The Algorithm

Life Under The Algorithm

Business, Economics, Life, Long Reads

Increase your output, get paid more. Wages go up with productivity. Until, it turns out, they don’t anymore. The unwinding of this agreement in recent decades, such that workers must continue to produce more without expecting it to show up in their pay stubs, has now been the subject of a good deal of discussion and debate.

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.

Who Owns South Africa?

Who Owns South Africa?

History, Life, Long Reads, Politics

The Glen Grey Act was the first piece of legislation to enshrine in law the residential separation of the races. It was also the basis for the notorious Natives Land Act of 1913, which in its final form allocated a mere thirteen percent of all arable land to the black majority. 

Ari Emanuel, WME, And The Great Hollywood IPO That Wasn’t

Ari Emanuel, WME, And The Great Hollywood IPO That Wasn’t

Business, Long Reads, Media

The entertainment industry’s reigning super-agent planned to put his firm—and the very power structure of Hollywood—on the line with an audacious, now scuttled public offering. With that future on hold and the likes of Netflix and Disney commanding more ground by the day, what’s an ambitious modern macher to do?

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.

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.

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