Can Jill Soloway Do Justice to the Trans Movement?

Taffy Brodesser-Akner profiles Jill Soloway, whose new show “Transparent” centers around a family whose patriarch comes out as transgender. Soloway strives to create a truly inclusive environment on her set, complete with gender-neutral bathrooms and a “transfirmative action program,” which favors the hiring of transgender candidates over nontransgender ones.

Published: Aug. 28, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2722 words)
Jerry Football
He's one of the most infamous owners in professional sports, in need of one more Super Bowl. The complete story of Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.
Source: ESPN
Published: Aug. 29, 2014
Length: 42 minutes (10638 words)
The Man Without a Mask
How the drag queen Cassandro—known as Saúl Armendáriz outside the ring—became a lucha libre star.
Published: Sept. 1, 2014
Length: 35 minutes (8948 words)
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our story picks of the week, featuring Indianapolis Monthly, SB Nation, Texas Monthly, Matter and ESPN.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Aug. 29, 2014
This Psychologist Helps Keep Comedians Laughing

An interesting look into the work of Ildiko Tabori, who serves as the in-house psychologist at a Los Angeles comedy club. The club's owner hired her after he became alarmed by the number of premature deaths in the comic world.

Published: Aug. 28, 2014
Length: 6 minutes (1500 words)
Acting French
Ta-Nehisi Coates on learning a new language, scholastic culture, and the way we "border patrol" class and race.
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Aug. 29, 2014
Length: 15 minutes (3772 words)
Confessions of a Fat Bastard
The life of Texas Monthly's full-time barbecue editor.
Published: Aug. 28, 2014
Length: 13 minutes (3402 words)
The Glue
Inside the creative genius of one of Saturday Night Live's most import cast members, the late Phil Hartman.
Author: Bryan Curtis
Source: Grantland
Published: Aug. 28, 2014
Length: 16 minutes (4225 words)
The Gangster in the Huddle
The troubled life of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Published: Aug. 28, 2013
Length: 31 minutes (7930 words)
How Plagues Really Work

An anthropologist looks at the history of pandemics—from Ancient Athens to the 1918 influenza—to examine how plagues really spread. The answer is surprising, as she posits that the next Ebola will not emerge from the jungles, or as a result of contact with exotic animals. Instead, it is humans we should fear, specifically humans living in very close proximity, in what she terms "the disease factories" of hospitals, refugee camps and cities.

Author: Wendy Orent
Source: Aeon
Published: Aug. 22, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2551 words)
Ursula K. Le Guin On ‘Starting Late’ as a Writer
LE GUIN: My mother had always wanted to write. She told me this only after she’d started writing. She waited until she got the kids out of the house, until she was free of responsibility for…
Published: Aug. 30, 2014
Length: 1 minutes (341 words)
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How Different Cultures Understand Time
Time is seen in a particularly different light by Eastern and Western cultures, and even within these groupings assumes quite dissimilar aspects from country to country. In the Western…
Published: June 1, 2014
Length: 13 minutes (3342 words)
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@longreads 17 hours, 14 minutes ago
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Farewell to the father
Almost three decades after the death of his dad, Tim Elliott recalls a man whom he loved and feared in equal measure. I've heard it said that when someone dies, the first thing we forget is the sound…
Source: m.smh.com.au
Published: Aug. 25, 2014
Length: 15 minutes (3975 words)
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@TimElliottSMH 1 day, 6 hours ago
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A Couple of Eccentric Guys
Penn and Teller. I was in a Chinese restaurant in Philadelphia asking Wier Chrisemer about the origins of the Othmar Schoeck Memorial Society for the Preservation of Unusual and Disgusting Music.…
Length: 58 minutes (14745 words)
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The Life and Death of an Impossible City
Ian: The “historical” significance — if that it is what it is — of what Greg and I were doing when we were putting the book together couldn’t have been further from…
Length: 2 minutes (712 words)
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@ystrickler 2 weeks, 3 days ago
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How Google can really help news & media
How Google can really help news & media Earlier this month, folks from Google invited me along with Kara Swisher and Audrey Cooper for a conversation about the future of news. Towards the…
Source: om.co
Published: Aug. 29, 2014
Length: 6 minutes (1554 words)
Submitted by:
@freshly_pressed 1 day, 8 hours ago
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Carbon capture and storage finally approaching debut
Like every other project, Jänschwalde failed.In 2008, it was set to become the world’s largest demonstration of just how cleanly coal could be burned to generate electricity. The…
Length: 11 minutes (2937 words)
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@EveryoneIn 8 hours, 15 minutes ago
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Ursula K. Le Guin On ‘Starting Late’ as a Writer
LE GUIN: My mother had always wanted to write. She told me this only after she’d started writing. She waited until she got the kids out of the house, until she was free of responsibility for…
Published: Aug. 30, 2014
Length: 1 minutes (341 words)
Submitted by:
@aWorldinbetween 13 hours, 38 minutes ago
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De oorlogsfoto die niemand wilde publiceren
Amerikaanse soldaten rusten in de schaduw van een palmboom uit in het noorden van Koeweit. Foto AFP Persfotografen zullen het ongetwijfeld herkennen; het moment dat je de sluiter hoort klikken en dat…
Source: www.nrc.nl
Published: Aug. 30, 2014
Length: 1 minutes (340 words)
Submitted by:
@bestevanhetweb 17 hours, 1 minute ago
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Pynchon - Essays: "Is it OK to be a Luddite?"
The New York Times Book Review28 October 1984, pp. 1, 40-41. As if being 1984 weren't enough, it's also the 25th anniversary this year of C. P. Snow's famous Rede lecture, "The Two Cultures and the…
Length: 15 minutes (3779 words)
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