Killer Mike's Ghetto Gospel

How an Atlanta rapper’s “ghetto gospel” is changing his community, and what the odyssey of Killer Mike says about race and music in the American South.

Author: Chuck Reece
Published: March 25, 2014
Length: 25 minutes (6421 words)
What Your 1st-Grade Life Says About the Rest of It
Lessons from a groundbreaking Johns Hopkins study of children in Baltimore: Researchers followed them through their lives and found that different factors (like summers off from school) contributed to heightened disadvantages facing lower-income children without a tradition of college attendance in their families.
Author: Emily Badger
Published: Aug. 31, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2694 words)
The Rising
Colorado residents recount surviving one of the worst natural disasters in Colorado history.
Published: Aug. 31, 2014
Length: 24 minutes (6189 words)
Stories From Writers From the National Book Festival: A Reading List
"We went to the National Book Festival for different things, but also the same thing: books and our love of them. Here are four essays and excerpts written by the authors I was lucky enough to see."
Author: Emily Perper
Source: Longreads
Published: Aug. 31, 2014
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)
How "Empire Records" Became The Unlikely Film Of A Generation
Source: BuzzFeed
Length: 25 minutes (6445 words)
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Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson, the friend who witnessed his shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. — Dorian Johnson had just moved from his mother’s house in St. Louis to a two-bedroom spot in the Canfield Green Apartments that he was sharing with his then-pregnant girlfriend and…
Published: Aug. 31, 2014
Length: 8 minutes (2226 words)
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25 underrated books on persuasion, influence and understanding human behavior
Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout. This post originally appeared on the Helpscout blog. Reading good books remains the supreme “life hack”—knowledge…
Published: Aug. 26, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2553 words)
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@KasugayaHaruto 13 hours, 30 minutes ago
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David Foster Wallace on the Costs of Becoming a Professional Tennis Player
-From David Foster Wallace’s “The String Theory,” published in Esquire in July 1996. Read the story Photo:
Published: Aug. 31, 2014
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Killer Mike's Ghetto Gospel
That Killer Mike can pull this off, night after night, all over the world, is at least in part a product of his raising in Adamsville with his grandparents, Bettie Clonts and Willie Burke Sherwood,…
Length: 2 minutes (733 words)
Submitted by:
@longreads 18 hours, 2 minutes ago
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‘Must Be Hard to Live on That': A Labor Day Reading List
According the the U.S. Department of Labor, the first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882 in New York City, and is now “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It…
Author: Mike Dang
Published: Sept. 1, 2014
Length: 1 minutes (288 words)
Submitted by:
@longreads 17 hours ago
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David Sedaris on the Dangerous Business of Naming a Cat
-David Sedaris, in a 2010 Vulture interview with Aileen Gallagher. Read the interview Photo: ncbrian, Flickr
Published: Sept. 1, 2014
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@longreads 14 hours, 22 minutes ago
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Tim Hortons: Glazed and confused
To hear stock market analysts and industry gurus gush over the proposed US$12.5-billion merger between Tim Hortons and Burger King this week, one might wonder if they were hopped up on double-doubles…
Published: Aug. 29, 2014
Length: 18 minutes (4619 words)
Submitted by:
@MacleansMag 18 hours, 51 minutes ago
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Tim Hortons: Glazed and confused
To hear stock market analysts and industry gurus gush over the proposed US$12.5-billion merger between Tim Hortons and Burger King this week, one might wonder if they were hopped up on double-doubles…
Published: Aug. 29, 2014
Length: 18 minutes (4619 words)
Submitted by:
@MacleansMag 14 hours, 10 minutes ago
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Tamar Adler, in Praise of Small Decisions
-An Everlasting Meal author Tamar Adler, in The Believer (2014). Read the interview Photo: Vimeo Like this:
Published: Sept. 1, 2014
Submitted by:
@longreads 13 hours, 47 minutes ago
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