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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 Unraveling Of America

The Unraveling Of America

Economics, Long Reads, Politics

If and when the Chinese are ascendant, with their concentration camps for the Uighurs, the ruthless reach of their military, their 200 million surveillance cameras watching every move and gesture of their people, we will surely long for the best years of the American century.

How A Single Mom Created A Plastic Food-Storage Empire

How A Single Mom Created A Plastic Food-Storage Empire

Business, History, Long Reads

The story of Tupperware is a story of innovation and reinvention: how a new kind of plastic, made from industrial waste material, ended up a symbol of female empowerment. The product ushered women into the workforce, encouraging them to make their own money, better their families, and win accolades and prizes.

The Data That Turned The World Upside Down

The Data That Turned The World Upside Down

Long Reads, Media, Politics, Tech

How Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data to help the Donald Trump campaign in the 2016 election. A then little-known British company sent out a press release: “We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communication has played such an integral part in President-elect Trump’s extraordinary win.”

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 Brutal Rise Of El Mencho

The Brutal Rise Of El Mencho

Crime, Long Reads

A former Jalisco state policeman who once served three years in a U.S. prison for selling heroin, Mencho heads what many experts call Mexico’s fastest-growing, deadliest and, according to some, richest drug cartel – the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, or CJNG.

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.

The Air Conditioning Trap: How Cold Air Is Heating The World

The Air Conditioning Trap: How Cold Air Is Heating The World

Long Reads, Nature

Warmer temperatures lead to more air conditioning; more air conditioning leads to warmer temperatures. The problem posed by air conditioning resembles, in miniature, the problem we face in tackling the climate crisis. The solutions that we reach for most easily only bind us closer to the original problem.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
The Empty Houses That Foreign Aid Built

The Empty Houses That Foreign Aid Built

Long Reads, Nature, World

After the devastation of the 2004 tsunami, aid agencies promised to rebuild Indonesia “better.” Fifteen years later, their failures are all too obvious. The disaster hit Aceh the hardest. The evacuation buildings are unmistakably the shiniest features of the city’s newly built landscape.

I Was a Proud Non-Breeder. Then I Changed My Mind.

I Was a Proud Non-Breeder. Then I Changed My Mind.

Life, Long Reads

When I hear younger women confidently describe how they’ll feel when they’re older, sometimes I feel a pinch of such condescension myself. Not because I think they’ll all necessarily want kids, or that they should have them, but because one tricky thing about your 20s is the need to make decisions for a future self whose desires are unknowable.

The Class Of 2000 ‘Could Have Been Anything’

The Class Of 2000 ‘Could Have Been Anything’

Health, Life, Long Reads

The Minford High School Class of 2000, in rural Minford, Ohio, began its freshman year as a typical class. Over the next decade, Scioto County would become ground zero in the state’s fight against opioids. It would lead Ohio with its rates of fatal drug overdoses, drug-related incarcerations and babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

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?

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.

Inside Kanye West’s Vision For The Future

Inside Kanye West’s Vision For The Future

Innovation, Long Reads

First he changed the sound of popular music. Then he revolutionized fashion and sneakers. Now, Kanye West is redesigning the very building blocks of family life—food, clothing, and shelter—and he’s claimed thousands of acres in Wyoming as a test site for his ideas.

'The Intelligence Coup Of The Century'

'The Intelligence Coup Of The Century'

Crime, History, Long Reads

For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company, Crypto AG, to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly owned by the CIA.

The Green Dream Of Portland

The Green Dream Of Portland

Cities, Long Reads

Decades ago, Portland, Oregon established an image as the most environmentally friendly city in the world. But is the progressive city’s progress still too slow? “We haven’t done a good enough job of influencing the thousands of new people who have moved here, making it clear to them that biking and walking are the way to go.”

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
A Trip To The Cirque Of The Unclimbables

A Trip To The Cirque Of The Unclimbables

Long Reads, World

It’s among the most beautiful eyefuls of landscape I’ve ever seen — its rock walls more overpowering than Zion’s, in Utah, its evening light more perfect than Hawaii’s, its peaks more menacing than Denali, and its stillness more complete than the deep rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula.

Under The Weather

Under The Weather

Health, Long Reads, Nature

As psychiatrists and philosophers begin to define a pervasive mental health crisis triggered by climate change, they ask who is really sick: the individual or society?

Ponzi Schemes, Private Yachts, And A Missing $250 Million In Crypto: The Strange Tale Of Quadriga

Ponzi Schemes, Private Yachts, And A Missing $250 Million In Crypto: The Strange Tale Of Quadriga

Business, Crime, Long Reads

When Canadian blockchain whiz Gerald Cotten died unexpectedly last year, hundreds of millions of dollars in investor funds vanished into the crypto ether. But when the banks, the law, and the forces of Reddit tried to track down the cash, it turned out the young mogul may not have been who he purported to be.

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.

New York City Paid McKinsey Millions To Stem Jail Violence. Instead, Violence Soared.

New York City Paid McKinsey Millions To Stem Jail Violence. Instead, Violence Soared.

Crime, Long Reads, Politics

In April 2017, partners from McKinsey sent a confidential report to the New York City corrections commissioner. The report recounted that McKinsey had tested its new anti-violence strategy in what the firm called “Restart” housing units at Rikers. Violence had dropped more than 50% in the Restart facilities. The number was bogus.

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.”

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
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.

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.

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.

Pleas Of Insanity: The Mysterious Case Of Anthony Montwheeler

Pleas Of Insanity: The Mysterious Case Of Anthony Montwheeler

Crime, Long Reads, Psychology

If Anthony Montwheeler does suffer from a mental illness, one that caused him to become extremely violent, how were the hospital staff and the review board so easily fooled? And, if he does not, why, a month after winning release, did he commit a senseless murder in the full view of multiple witnesses?

The SoftBank Effect: How $100 Billion Left Workers In A Hole

The SoftBank Effect: How $100 Billion Left Workers In A Hole

Long Reads, Tech, World

Masayoshi Son, SoftBank’s chief executive, was hailed as a kingmaker in 2016 when he unveiled the Vision Fund. Using the cash hoard, Mr. Son poured money into fledgling companies across the world, many of which have a business model of hiring contractors who deliver their services. Above all, he urged these start-ups to grow as fast as possible.

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?

The Strange & Curious Tale Of The Last True Hermit

The Strange & Curious Tale Of The Last True Hermit

Crime, Long Reads

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real.

The Music In You

The Music In You

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The more psychologists investigate musicality, the more it seems that nearly all of us are musical experts, in quite a startling sense. You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet.

The Fall Of New York And The Urban Crisis Of Affluence

The Fall Of New York And The Urban Crisis Of Affluence

Cities, Long Reads

I have never seen what is going on now: the systematic, wholesale transformation of New York into a reserve of the obscenely wealthy and the barely here—a place increasingly devoid of the idiosyncrasy, the complexity, the opportunity, and the roiling excitement that make a city great.

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