The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring The New Yorker, California Sunday, n+1, Boston Magazine, and Collectors Weekly.

Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: March 28, 2015
These Nine People Gave Up the Middle-Class Dream. Was It Worth It?
Giving up the middle-class dream for communal living and sharing "the political and economic realities of a household."
Author: Molly Osberg
Published: March 26, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3664 words)
The Tragic Life of the Courtesan in Japan's Floating World

A glimpse into the difficult lives of Edo-Period Japanese prostitutes.

Author: Lisa Hix
Published: March 26, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4714 words)
Sign Here

Inside the strange and oddly noble world of serious autograph collectors.

Published: March 26, 2015
Length: 8 minutes (2161 words)
Half-Shell Hero

How the humble oyster is reviving a regional economy, and what it means for the nation.

Source: grist.org
Published: March 25, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4400 words)
The True Story of Pretty Woman’s Original Dark Ending

Pretty Woman's original script was far darker than the romantic comedy millions of us have seen. Vanity Fair talks to the filmmakers about how the movie got its happy ending.

Author: Kate Erbland
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: March 23, 2015
Length: 7 minutes (1780 words)
When You're Asleep, New York Becomes Another World

After surveying 50 New Yorkers about the way the city appears in their dreams, the author explores what those nighttime visions say about the city itself—and the psychology of dreams.

Author: Janet Allon
Published: July 5, 1998
Length: 13 minutes (3280 words)
The Monster Next Door
A Boston-based federal agent investigates a war criminal hiding in the U.S.
Published: March 24, 2015
Length: 24 minutes (6010 words)
It’s Not You, It’s Us

An essay about the end of a relationship and the daunting experience of apartment hunting in Brooklyn.

Source: The Millions
Published: Jan. 21, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4075 words)
The Shut-In Economy

The "sharing" economy has enabled on-demand everything, but there are drawbacks to a lifestyle where one can have all their needs met with the click of a button.

Source: Matter
Published: March 27, 2015
Length: 11 minutes (2800 words)
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Can Dying Languages Be Saved?
The consequences of losing a language may not be understood until it is too late. Credit Illustration by Stephen Doyle It is a singular fate to be the last of one
Published: March 30, 2015
Length: 21 minutes (5414 words)
Submitted by:
@NewYorker 12 hours, 23 minutes ago
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Apple’s Tim Cook leads different
Tim Cook assumed he was ready for the harsh glare that shines on Apple’s AAPL CEO. He had, after all, filled in for Jobs three times during the Apple founder’s medical leaves of…
Source: Fortune.com
Published: March 26, 2015
Length: 19 minutes (4881 words)
Submitted by:
@mrlevine 3 hours, 8 minutes ago
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Apple’s Tim Cook leads different
Tim Cook assumed he was ready for the harsh glare that shines on Apple’s AAPL CEO. He had, after all, filled in for Jobs three times during the Apple founder’s medical leaves of…
Source: Fortune.com
Published: March 26, 2015
Length: 19 minutes (4881 words)
Submitted by:
@FortuneMagazine 11 hours, 8 minutes ago
36 SAVEs
Glamorous Crossing: How Pan Am Airways Dominated International Travel in the 1930s
Meredith Hindley | Longreads | February 2015 | 18 minutes (4,383 words) In August 1936, Americans retreated from the summer heat into movie theaters to watch China Clipper, the newest…
Author: Longreads
Published: Feb. 10, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4527 words)
Submitted by:
@KarenAbbott 12 hours, 30 minutes ago
23 SAVEs
The Changing Face of the Heartland: Preparing America's Diverse Workforce for Tomorrow
The value of this kind of collaborative effort is echoed by Sondra Samuels, an African-American woman who heads up the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ). Although Samuels grew up in a middle-class…
Length: 5 minutes (1367 words)
Submitted by:
@BrookingsInst 12 hours, 42 minutes ago
15 SAVEs
How I hacked India’s biggest startup
23 March '15, 06:09pm This post originally appeared on Medium. A few weeks ago I was monitoring my phone traffic from a proxy server. While doing that I saw Ola API calls going from my phone (since I…
Published: March 23, 2015
Length: 6 minutes (1635 words)
Submitted by:
@raghuramcadambi 13 hours, 33 minutes ago
15 SAVEs
Светлый образ - PROСПОРТ
​осле Нового года я выросла…
Length: 1 minutes (310 words)
Submitted by:
@Passiondance 1 day, 14 hours ago
12 SAVEs
Fixed Menu
I type this sentence twenty minutes after eating leftover spaghetti and clams for breakfast, a Hungry Man-sized portion at nine a.m. It is an exertion of my free will to do so. It is within my civic…
Author: Kevin Pang
Published: March 24, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5098 words)
Submitted by:
@LuckyPeach 59 minutes ago
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It wasn’t the soaring arches or the elegant windows, with their curved caps. It wasn’t that the first room of the house was built in 1808. It wasn’t the jasmine that, like a…
Source: 972mag.com
Length: 20 minutes (5228 words)
Submitted by:
@972mag 13 hours, 46 minutes ago
7 SAVEs
The Last Freeway
Hillel Aron’s “The Last Freeway” was published in Slake in 2011 and appeared as a Longreads Member Pick in September 2013. It’s a story about a city (Los…
Author: Julia Wick
Published: March 23, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4709 words)
Submitted by:
@longreads 5 days, 14 hours ago
7 SAVEs
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