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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.

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.

Welcome To The Monkey House

Welcome To The Monkey House

Crime, History, Long Reads, Politics

Between the end of the Korean War and the early 1990s, more than one million Korean women were caught up in a state-controlled prostitution industry that was blessed at the highest levels by the U.S. military. They worked in special zones surrounding U.S. bases—areas licensed by the South Korean government.

The Murder House

The Murder House

Crime, Long Reads

A mysterious mansion. A murder-suicide. Paranormal activity. This is the true story of 2475 Glendower Place. Before the Internet, it retained its anonymity, hiding at the foot of Griffith Park, at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. Now it’s becoming an Amityville horror for the Facebook generation.

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?

Treasure Fever

Treasure Fever

Long Reads, Nature, Science

Cape Canaveral contains one of the greatest concentrations of colonial shipwrecks in the world. The discovery of a legendary, lost shipwreck in North America has pitted treasure hunters and archaeologists against each other, raising questions about who should control sunken riches.

Lives Adrift In A Warming World

Lives Adrift In A Warming World

Long Reads, Nature, Photos, World

If the Earth’s average temperature increases 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, humankind will see catastrophic changes. For millions of people, this extreme warming is already reality, in places like Qatar, Colorado and Angola. And Aaliyah, at the age of 9, has become a climate refugee in Newtok, Alaska.

Franck Bohbot

Inspiration
Franck Bohbot
Infinite Scroll: Life Under Instagram

Infinite Scroll: Life Under Instagram

Apps, Long Reads, Tech

The speed of machine learning is startling, often creepy. It is hard to tell what is creepier: the feeling that someone is somewhere out there, following your every step, or the fact that no one is, just the tracking device you carry with you in your pocket.

At War With The Thruth

At War With The Thruth

Crime, History, Long Reads, Politics

A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.

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.

The Quest For Ancestral Riches That May Not Exist

The Quest For Ancestral Riches That May Not Exist

Long Reads

Videos of men riffling through documents are meant to offer proof that thousands of people from a Dominican family, the Rosarios, are the heirs to a multibillion-dollar fortune they believe resides mainly in Credit Suisse’s vaults and those of Banco Santander SA in Spain.

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 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.

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.

I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave

I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave

Business, Long Reads

My brief, backbreaking, rage-inducing, low-paying, dildo-packing time inside the online-shipping machine, under conditions that were surprisingly demoralizing and dehumanizing, even to someone who’s spent a lot of time working in warehouses, which I have.

Austin Rossborough

Inspiration
Austin Rossborough
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.

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.

The Amish Keep To Themselves. And They’re Hiding A Horrifying Secret

The Amish Keep To Themselves. And They’re Hiding A Horrifying Secret

Crime, Long Reads

Virtually every Amish victim I spoke to—mostly women but also several men—told me they were dissuaded by their family or church leaders from reporting their abuse to police or had been conditioned not to seek outside help. Some victims said they were intimidated and threatened with excommunication.

How Small Farmers Are Fighting To Keep Vermont's Identity Alive

How Small Farmers Are Fighting To Keep Vermont's Identity Alive

Long Reads

Not much says “America” more than the small dairy farm, and Vermont has spent decades selling that image. Increasingly, it’s a relic of a bygone era. As of the third quarter of 2019, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets had accounted for only 675 dairy farms in the state.

Nina Dodd

Inspiration
Nina Dodd
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.

The Great Wall Street Housing Grab

The Great Wall Street Housing Grab

Economics, Life, Long Reads

Wall Street’s latest real estate grab has ballooned to roughly $60 billion, representing hundreds of thousands of properties. In some communities, it has fundamentally altered housing ecosystems in ways we’re only now beginning to understand, fueling a housing recovery without a homeowner recovery.

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.

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.

Burning Out

Burning Out

Long Reads, Nature

Search and rescue teams train for the worst conditions. But the worst conditions are getting worse. Search teams are stretched. Rescuers are burning out. We are all less safe. Are search and rescue teams ready for the next big disaster?

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?

How To Fight Lies, Tricks And Chaos Online

How To Fight Lies, Tricks And Chaos Online

Explainers, Long Reads, Media, Tech

It took me years to really understand where all the information I saw online was coming from. So this isn’t just a guide to spotting when something is fake. It’s a system for slowing down and thinking about information — whether that information is true, false, or something in between.

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.

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