The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our favorite stories of the week, featuring, the Center for Public Integrity, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, and MinnPost.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: April 17, 2015
Inside the Dyson Dynasty
A profile of the family behind the British technology company that designs and manufactures vacuum cleaners, fans and more.
Published: April 10, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3755 words)
How Israel Hid Its Secret Nuclear Weapons Program

Newly declassified documents help shed light on the Eisenhower-era story of how Israel hid their secret nuclear project in the Negev Desert.

Source: Politico
Published: April 15, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4150 words)
The Nun's Story

The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk was a bestselling book about sexual abuse in a convent, and it became one of the great literary frauds of the 19th century.

Author: Sarah Laskow
Published: April 17, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1760 words)
Is Slack Really Worth $2.8 Billion? A Conversation With Stewart Butterfield

With his startup Slack raising $160 million on a valuation of nearly $3 billion, CEO Stewart Butterfield offers a brutally honest assessment of VC funding and the state of tech startups.

Published: April 16, 2015
Length: 6 minutes (1600 words)
Being Ringo: A Beatle's All-Starr Life

After five decades, Richard Starkey is finally getting his solo moment in the sun.

Published: April 15, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5700 words)
HBO to Netflix: Bring It On

Inside HBO's quest to win the streaming wars.

Source: Fast Company
Published: April 7, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4500 words)
Tennessee Williams on His Women, His Writer’s Block, and Whether It All Mattered

Tennessee Williams tasked James Grissom with seeking out each of the women (and few men) who had inspired his work—Maureen Stapleton, Lillian Gish, Marlon Brando and others—so that he could ask them a question: had Tennessee Williams, or his work, ever mattered?

Source: Longreads
Published: April 16, 2015
Length: 28 minutes (7038 words)
Who Owns the Copyright to 'Happy Birthday'?

The answer is more complicated than one might think.

Source: Priceonomics
Published: April 14, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1970 words)
Fish Out of Water

How a gay former academic who grew up in Puerto Rico became the most talked-about political operative in the Twin Cities.

Author: Beth Hawkins
Source: MinnPost
Published: April 13, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5000 words)
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Published: April 13, 2015
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Published: April 13, 2015
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"I joke that my son is about as old as my tenure here," says Marissa Mayer, the president and CEO of Yahoo. "He showed up when I was about eight weeks in. And I just have this vision that when he…
Published: April 14, 2015
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It’ll happen to you one day – if it hasn’t already. You wander downstairs from your bed, frowsty, unshaven, your battered head wreathed in last night’s terrible dreams…
Author: Will Self
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On a frigid winter Friday in Manhattan’s MediaGulch, HBO CEO Richard Plepler glides through the doors of a power-lunch spot called the Lambs Club. Plepler, the kind of natty dresser who…
Published: April 7, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4403 words)
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WHEN ANA BARROS first stepped into Harvard Yard as a freshman, she felt so out of place she might as well have had the words “low income” written on her forehead. A girl from Newark…
Published: April 9, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4539 words)
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Published: April 13, 2015
Length: 39 minutes (9954 words)
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Published: April 2, 2015
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In his formal, disarmingly humble way, Sufjan Stevens accomplishes something remarkable in the first notes of his new album, Carrie & Lowell. After a Bach-like interlude plucked on a ukulele,…
Source: www.npr.org
Published: April 1, 2015
Length: 11 minutes (2788 words)
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