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Long Reads

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 Night The Music Died

The Night The Music Died

Long Reads

It came out of the sky about five miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa, and slammed into the frozen earth. Outside lay the bodies of three young men who had been thrown from the plane at more than 100 miles per hour. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Jiles P. Richardson, also known as the Big Bopper, were dead.

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.

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. 

Beyond The Growth Gospel

Beyond The Growth Gospel

Business, Economics, Long Reads

The Hotel Belvédère du Rayon Vert symbolizes the very empire these adherents of “degrowth,” as the movement is known, wish to overthrow: consumption, wealth, inequality, travel, and cement, the whole modern industrial condition.

The Last Days Of John Allen Chau

The Last Days Of John Allen Chau

Crime, Long Reads, Nature, World

In the fall of 2018, the 26-year-old American missionary traveled to a remote speck of sand and jungle in the Indian Ocean, attempting to convert one of the planet’s last uncontacted tribes to Christianity. The islanders killed him, and Chau was pilloried around the world as a deluded Christian supremacist who deserved to die.

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.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
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.

Killer, Kleptocrat, Genius, Spy: The Many Myths Of Vladimir Putin

Killer, Kleptocrat, Genius, Spy: The Many Myths Of Vladimir Putin

Long Reads, Politics

Putin’s recent ubiquity has brought great prominence to the practice of Putinology. This enterprise – the production of commentary and analysis about Putin and his motivations, based on necessarily partial, incomplete and sometimes entirely false information – has existed as a distinct intellectual industry for over a decade.

Kano Computer And Creative Coding For All Ages‎

Kano Computer And Creative Coding For All Ages‎

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Follow the book, build a computer page-by-page, all by yourself. 100+ playful coding challenges and stories show you how. With simple steps type code, drag blocks, learn Python, Javascript, and Terminal commands. Simple for beginners, expansive for experts.

The Prison Inside Prison

The Prison Inside Prison

Crime, Long Reads

Texas has banished hundreds of prisoners to more than a decade of solitary confinement, an extreme form of a controversial punishment likened to torture. Many of these prisoners aren’t sure how—or, in some cases, if—they will ever get out.

Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide

Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide

History, Long Reads

In the water park business, Jeff Hendry was considered a genius of sorts. He often said that his goal in life was to make customers of his family’s legendary water parks happy—“to put a smile on their faces, to give them a thrill or two.” It was a beautiful vision. Until it went horribly wrong.

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?

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
The Doomsday Glacier

The Doomsday Glacier

Long Reads, Nature

Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is so remote that only 28 human beings have ever set foot on it. In the farthest reaches of Antarctica, a nightmare scenario of crumbling ice – and rapidly rising seas – could spell disaster for a warming planet.

This Land Is No Longer Your Land

This Land Is No Longer Your Land

Long Reads

The fight over preserving public land during the Trump era is taking a strange, angry twist in Montana’s Crazy Mountains. Both sides are armed.

Art Forgery Is Easier Than Ever, And It's A Great Way To Launder Money

Art Forgery Is Easier Than Ever, And It's A Great Way To Launder Money

Art, Crime, Long Reads

More and more rich people are buying art and stashing it in strange places. According to infamous scammers, it’s not even close to legit. In some respects, it mirrors the giant pools of money sloshing around in Manhattan or London real estate—funds that are relatively concentrated in a few hands spending it in a few places.

The Art World’s Mini-Madoff And Me

The Art World’s Mini-Madoff And Me

Art, Crime, Long Reads

Inigo Philbrick made his money betting big on a rise in price for a few artists, notably Stingel, who is known for his seemingly endless series of indistinguishable paintings of wallpaper, and Wool, whose most famous text painting fittingly spells out the word FOOL.

The Terrorist Who Got Away

The Terrorist Who Got Away

Crime, Long Reads

Twenty years ago, India let Masood Azhar go. Now he and his jihadist group may be one of the greatest obstacles to resolving the crisis in Kashmir. Eliminating Azhar and his organization has become a key strategic objective for India’s security establishment.

‘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.

Army Ranger School Is A Laboratory Of Human Endurance

Army Ranger School Is A Laboratory Of Human Endurance

Long Reads

The military’s toughest training challenges have a lot in common with outdoor sufferfests like the Barkley Marathons and the Leadville Trail 100: you have to be fit and motivated to make the starting line, but your mind and spirit are what carry you to the end.

Franck Bohbot

Inspiration
Franck Bohbot
How Ring Went From ‘Shark Tank’ Reject To America’s Scariest Surveillance Company

How Ring Went From ‘Shark Tank’ Reject To America’s Scariest Surveillance Company

Business, Crime, Long Reads

Amazon’s Ring started from humble roots as a smart doorbell company called “DoorBot.” Now it’s surveilling the suburbs and partnering with police. Although there’s no credible evidence that Ring actually deters or reduces crime, claiming that its products achieve these things is essential to its marketing model.

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 End Of Babies

The End Of Babies

Life, Long Reads

Fertility rates have been dropping precipitously around the world for decades — in middle-income countries, in some low-income countries, but perhaps most markedly, in rich ones. Something is stopping us from creating the families we claim to desire. But what?

Revisiting An American Town Where Black People Weren’t Welcome After Dark

Revisiting An American Town Where Black People Weren’t Welcome After Dark

History, Life, Long Reads

Anna is a city of a little more than 4,000 people located in the middle of Union County, where soybean fields and flatlands to the north give way to the forests and sandstone canyons of southern Illinois. Most people I met, wish the racist lore behind the city’s name would go away. So why hasn’t it?

How North Korean Hackers Rob Banks Around the World

How North Korean Hackers Rob Banks Around the World

Crime, Long Reads

North Korean hackers have carried out a systematic effort to target financial institutions all over the world. They scored $80 million by tricking a network into routing funds to Sri Lanka and the Philippines and then using a “money mule” to pick up the cash.

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