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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 State Of Qatar’s Hack Of Democracies: A Global Cyber-Crime Operation

The State Of Qatar’s Hack Of Democracies: A Global Cyber-Crime Operation

Crime, Long Reads, Tech

In one of the largest state-sponsored computer hacks ever detected, Qatar’s proxies cyberattacked more than 1,400 high-status and ordinary citizens who were exercising their free-speech rights in democracies across North America, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, according to U.S. court filings.

Why We Fell For Clean Eating

Why We Fell For Clean Eating

Apps, Food, Long Reads

The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it.

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. 

The Gambler Who Cracked The Horse-Racing Code

The Gambler Who Cracked The Horse-Racing Code

Long Reads, Tech

Bill Benter did the impossible: He wrote an algorithm that couldn’t lose at the track. Close to a billion dollars later, he tells his story for the first time. “I find the real business world to be a lot more difficult than horse racing.”

Franck Bohbot

Inspiration
Franck Bohbot
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.”

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.

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.

The Mob's IT Department

The Mob's IT Department

Crime, Long Reads

How two technology consultants helped drug traffickers hack the Port of Antwerp. A story of two men who became pawns of a violent group through coercion and a series of very bad decisions.

Austin Rossborough

Inspiration
Austin Rossborough
The Hollywood Con Queen

The Hollywood Con Queen

Crime, Long Reads

She tormented studio executives, actors, makeup artists, security guys, photographers, screenwriters, athletes, even bobsledders and scuba divers for years—until corporate investigator Nicoletta Kotsianas was put on the case.

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 New Generation Of Self-Created Utopias

The New Generation Of Self-Created Utopias

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The United States has been a laboratory for experiments in alternative living since its founding. As so-called intentional communities proliferate across the country, a subset of Americans is discovering the value of opting out of contemporary society.

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.

Why Aren't More Millennials Having Kids And Becoming Parents?

Why Aren't More Millennials Having Kids And Becoming Parents?

Life, Long Reads

I just got married a few months ago. Once my husband and I entered wedded bliss, we started looking to do married-people things that weren’t in the song: buy a house, get our 401(k)s figured out, assess health-care plans. But the baby in the baby carriage? For now, the kid question hangs between us, unanswered.

A Corridor Runs Through It

A Corridor Runs Through It

Long Reads, Nature

Imagine yourself as a modern-day alligator in central Florida, where 12 acres of wild land is sacrificed to development every hour. This is a story about what happens when the South’s creatures no longer have room to move — and about a project aimed at preserving the few corridors that connect what remains of the wild land.

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.

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.

Nina Dodd

Inspiration
Nina Dodd
'It's Been Hell': Inside The Town Where Trumpers Are Building A Private Wall

'It's Been Hell': Inside The Town Where Trumpers Are Building A Private Wall

Long Reads, Politics

Either as a demonstration of loyalty to the president or, in the case of one developer, a bid for lucrative government contracts, some private citizens are furiously erecting their own barriers along the Southwest border. The latest iteration, the three-and-a-half-mile Rio Grande Valley wall, is now nearly complete.

Ladies In Waiting

Ladies In Waiting

Health, Life, Long Reads, Psychology

In the most memorable scene of the 2002 film Secretary, nothing happens. For over ten minutes, a period that represents entire days in the movie’s internal timeline, protagonist Lee remains faithfully immobile, wetting herself in the process. Waiting, which renders everything provisional, which suspends progress or conclusion of any kind, is worse than clarity.

The Secret History Of Facial Recognition

The Secret History Of Facial Recognition

History, Long Reads, Tech

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper’s son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished. He died on October 4, 1995. His obituary in the Austin American-Statesman made no mention of his work on facial recognition. Who was Woody Bledsoe, and who was he working for?

There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.

There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.

Long Reads, World

Tell your fellow Americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train.

What It's Like To Be A Billionaire's Butler

What It's Like To Be A Billionaire's Butler

Long Reads

The newest trend among the world’ s ultra-rich—like, royalty-grade, private-plane-owning Scrooge McDuck rich—is to have a butler. But what type of person would willingly give over his life to serving the outrageously moneyed?

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