Is It a Crime to Raise a Killer?

A tragedy in New Jersey raises questions about where parental responsibility ends when a child becomes a murderer.

Author: Lisa Belkin
Source: Yahoo News
Published: Sept. 12, 2014
Length: 23 minutes (5964 words)
Reboot or Die Trying
David Roberts, a staff writer at Grist, shares what he learned after a year of digital detox and spending more time outdoors.
Source: Outside
Published: Sept. 2, 2014
Length: 19 minutes (4782 words)
The Surreal Fine-Art Spectacle in Laguna Beach
A visit to the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, Calif., an annual spectacle where performers reenact classic works of art.
Author: Sam Anderson
Published: Sept. 12, 2014
Length: 20 minutes (5227 words)
Everything to Live For

Sean Bryant was a star student, charming, and fun to be around. Then one night he killed himself.

Published: June 1, 1998
Length: 35 minutes (8995 words)
How to Spell the Rebel Yell: Tracing a Sound from Civil War History
Our latest Longreads Exclusive is a deep dive into the sounds of history, from Elena Passarello and The Normal School. The essay also is featured in Passarello’s book, Let Me Clear My Throat.
Published: Sept. 13, 2014
Length: 13 minutes (3470 words)
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Spreadsheet

How Christian Rudder, the 39-year-old president and co-founder of the online dating site OKCupid, found himself at the intersection of dating and Big Data.

Published: Sept. 9, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3633 words)
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our story picks of the week, featuring New York magazine, Harper's, The New Yorker, Oxford American and The Appendix.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Sept. 12, 2014
Crowdsourcing The Facts

There is a constant stream of data, images and videos coming in from conflict regions across the globe—in our ever-connected world anyone with an internet connection can be a war reporter. And there is power in numbers.

Author: Ian Steadman
Published: Sept. 11, 2014
Length: 16 minutes (4171 words)
Hollywood's Vaccine Wars

Vaccination rates have plummeted at Los Angeles's most prestigious schools. The numbers are staggering—some schools’ immunization rates are on par with South Sudan—but what does this mean for public health in the city at large?

Author: Gary Baum
Published: Sept. 10, 2014
Length: 18 minutes (4640 words)
An Investigation Into the Reappearance of Walter Benjamin
The influential German literary critic, who died in 1940 at the age of 48, makes a reappearance in the form of a person who has replicated his identity.
Source: Hazlitt
Published: Sept. 11, 2014
Length: 20 minutes (5015 words)
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