The Emotional Toll of Witnessing 278 Death Row Executions
For more than a decade, Michelle Lyons's job at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice required her to witness the state's executions. "I started thinking about it all in very personal terms after I had a child, and that was my downfall."
Published: Aug. 23, 2014
Length: 37 minutes (9409 words)
'Jared Lorenzen and I Are in Love with the Same Woman'
Tommy Tomlinson meets Jared Lorenzen, a former New York Giants quarterback whose struggles with weight gain meant an early end to his NFL career.
Source: ESPN
Published: Aug. 23, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3678 words)
The Moral Dilemmas of Narrative
Bill Marvel on journalism and the quest for empathy in telling other people's stories.
Author: Bill Marvel
Source: Gangrey
Published: Aug. 23, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2662 words)
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our favorite stories of the week, featuring GQ, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNN, The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Aug. 22, 2014
A Brutal Dictator, and the Wall Street Hedge Fund That Gave Him $100 Million
How Robert Mugabe, the notorious president of Zimbabwe, raised money from Wall Street to violently crush his opposition.
Published: Aug. 22, 2014
Length: 13 minutes (3311 words)
The Spy Who Loved Me

Jacqui met Bob Lambert at an animal-rights protest in 1984, when she was twenty-two. Their son was born the next year. Two years after that, Bob disappeared from their lives, seemingly without a trace. In this piece for The New Yorker, Lauren Collins investigates who Bob Lambert really was: a British police officer part of a massive undercover operation, whose officers— known as “deep swimmers,”—spent years surveilling different radical groups.

Source: New Yorker
Published: Aug. 25, 2014
Length: 35 minutes (8783 words)
SeaWorld’s Most Rewarding and Traumatic Job

Animal care workers, who tend to the health of mammals at SeaWorld and other marine parks, have unrivaled access to the animals—and the challenges of captivity. They are on the front lines of the debate over marine mammals in captivity, and their stories are fascinating and deeply troubling. Here, three former employees go on the record about their experiences.

Source: Outside
Published: Aug. 19, 2014
Length: 34 minutes (8603 words)
Football in Ferguson

Despite the turmoil tearing apart their small Missouri town, the boys of the McCluer High School football team still have their first game of the season Friday. Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko follows the team and their coach, as they try to make sense of the madness around them as well as their "city’s conflicted past, its tumultuous present and its uncertain future, and what it all means for the people of Ferguson."

Published: Aug. 19, 2014
Length: 11 minutes (2992 words)
'SNL''s Political Secrets: An Oral History
Impersonations, political cameos, and the skit that never made it to air: An excerpt from the newly expanded oral history by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales.
Published: Aug. 21, 2014
Length: 13 minutes (3267 words)
The Man Who Hid from the World for Nearly 30 Years
Michael Finkel tracks down the man known as the North Pond Hermit: Christopher Thomas Knight lived in a secret camp in the woods of Central Maine, stealing food and supplies from nearby homes. "I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free."
Source: GQ
Published: Aug. 20, 2014
Length: 30 minutes (7500 words)
Inside Jared Lorenzen's lifelong weight battle
JARED LORENZEN AND I are in love with the same woman. Her name is Little Debbie, and she makes delicious snack cakes. We're not the only ones who love her. Nick Saban has two Oatmeal Creme Pies every…
Source: espn.go.com
Length: 14 minutes (3675 words)
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The Most Connected Man Is You, Just a Few Years From Now
Source: mashable.com
Published: Aug. 21, 2014
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@Cienctec1 8 hours, 48 minutes ago
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Journalism: The Empathy Question
Empathy, the word Lee Hancock murmured that morning, is more difficult. Because empathy requires that we approach our subjects from the inside. We try to enter into the emotions, thoughts, the very…
Published: Aug. 23, 2014
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The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit
Photo: Andy Molloy/ Kennebec Journal/ AP Photo The hermit set out of camp at midnight, carrying his backpack and his bag of break-in tools, and threaded through the forest, rock to root to rock,…
Source: www.gq.com
Published: Sept. 21, 2014
Length: 6 minutes (1671 words)
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@MarnieKaplan 2 days, 4 hours ago
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The Witness
I. Ms. Lyons,Hi, if you are reading this then they killed me. I wanted to tell you that I enjoyed talking to you, you seem like a really great lady. I’m sorry we didn’t meet under…
Published: Aug. 20, 2014
Length: 37 minutes (9452 words)
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@longreads 33 minutes ago
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A Tale of Two Cities: Miami, New York and Life on the Edge
By Rob Motta and James White Illustrations by Cassidy Robison Walking along the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale and admiring the 60-foot yachts docked alongside impressive homes, it’s hard to…
Published: Aug. 22, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3610 words)
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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. * * * 1. The Strange & Curious Tale of…
Author: Longreads
Published: Aug. 22, 2014
Length: 1 minutes (426 words)
Submitted by:
@longreads 3 hours, 4 minutes ago
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The Most Connected Man Is You, Just a Few Years From Now
Source: mashable.com
Published: Aug. 21, 2014
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Life and Death at SeaWorld
In a recent piece for Outside, Tim Zimmermann spoke at length with three former animal care workers about their experiences at SeaWorld. Animal care workers, who are responsible for the health of…
Author: Julia Wick
Published: Aug. 22, 2014
Length: 2 minutes (533 words)
Submitted by:
@longreads 1 hour, 17 minutes ago
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Love/Hate: New York, Race, and 1989
“The future belongs to crowds,” wrote Don DeLillo in his 1991 novel Mao II. It remains, in many ways, the perfect summation of the year that helped inspire DeLillo’s book:…
Source: j.mp
Length: 16 minutes (4167 words)
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