Searching for the Good Life in the Bakken Oil Fields

A seven-year oil boom in North Dakota has drawn thousands of investors, laborers, and fortune-seekers. The author settles in behind the counter of a local truck stop to see for herself how much of the American Dream can be found in the Bakken oil fields.

Author: Maya Rao
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Sept. 29, 2014
Length: 23 minutes (5887 words)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is an American Hero

An interview with the legendary Supreme Court justice on everything from feminism to what her grandchildren think of her recent internet fame.

Published: Sept. 28, 2014
Length: 20 minutes (5232 words)
Zimmerman Family Values
Amanda Robb meets George Zimmerman's family and learns about their paranoia and get-rich-quick schemes.
Author: Amanda Robb
Source: GQ
Published: Sept. 30, 2014
Length: 19 minutes (4923 words)
#Nightshift: Excerpts from an Instagram Essay
Late night at the Dunkin Donuts: A series of stories by Jeff Sharlet.
Author: Jeff Sharlet
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct. 1, 2014
Length: 11 minutes (2802 words)
Elon Musk: How We're Going to Colonize Mars
An in-depth interview with the SpaceX founder on how we could make it to Mars—and why it's important for us to get there.
Source: Aeon
Published: Sept. 30, 2014
Length: 27 minutes (6900 words)
The Leftovers
Paula Deen is making millions as a martyr.
Source: Matter
Published: Sept. 29, 2014
Length: 28 minutes (7198 words)
The Machine Is a Garden

In 1898, an unassuming British stenographer hatched the idea of "garden cities" as an antidote to dirty, crowded London. Today, a resurgence of that idea is spreading through cities across the planet.

Published: Sept. 26, 2014
Length: 16 minutes (4000 words)
Your Inner Drone: The Politics of the Automated Future
A new Longreads Exclusive from Nicholas Carr‘s new book, The Glass Cage, out today. Our thanks to Carr for sharing this piece with the Longreads community.
Source: Longreads
Published: Sept. 30, 2014
Length: 15 minutes (3831 words)
Before the Law
A story about a crippled legal system: Sixteen-year-old Kalief Browder spent three years imprisoned on Rikers Island on robbery charges with shaky evidence. His case never went to trial.
Published: Sept. 29, 2014
Length: 28 minutes (7016 words)
Always Leave Them Laughing
Sam Simon, a co-creator of The Simpsons and a writer and a producer for Taxi and Cheers, was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago. He's been dealing with it by working on philanthropic causes and spending time with close friends and loved ones.
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Sept. 19, 2014
Length: 22 minutes (5622 words)
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