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The Top Five Longreads of 2011 (So Far) « Books I Read
I am a huge fan of Longreads. I am a yearly subscriber and often use the #longreads tag on Twitter and Facebook to point out superb longform articles. At the end of last year, I published a…
Published: July 1, 2011
Length: 6 minutes (1574 words)
What Happened to Obama?
Opinion Drew Westen is a professor of psychology at Emory University and the author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation. …
Author: Drew Westen
Published: Aug. 6, 2011
Length: 13 minutes (3306 words)
lust and liberty in the 18th century
We believe in sexual freedom. We take it for granted that consenting men and women have the right to do what they like with their bodies. Sex is everywhere in our culture. We love to think and talk…
Published: Jan. 20, 2012
Length: 16 minutes (4053 words)
The Electric Typewriter
As chosen by Jared B. Keller Jared B. Keller is an associate editor at The Atlantic, and one of the keepers of The Atlantic’s Tumblr. We asked him to choose the 5 articles he finds himself…
Length: 1 minutes (310 words)
How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab
Meet Mat Honan. He just had his digital life dissolved by hackers. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/Wired. Illustration: Ross Patton/Wired In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First…
Author: Mat Honan
Published: Aug. 6, 2012
Length: 14 minutes (3578 words)
Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws
Illustration by Victor Juhasz On July 15th, 1995, in the quiet Southern California city of Whittier, a 33-year-old black man named Curtis Wilkerson got up from a booth at McDonald's, walked into a…
Author: Matt Taibbi
Published: March 27, 2013
Length: 25 minutes (6432 words)
Crash Test
During his first run for the White House, George W. Bush called it the Texas Miracle. High-stakes testing in the public schools, along with other measures meant to hold teachers and principals…
Published: April 17, 2013
Length: 25 minutes (6431 words)
Do You Believe in Sharing?
While delivering his Nobel lecture in 2007, Al Gore declared: “Today, we dumped another 70 million tons of global-warming pollution into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet, as…
Length: 10 minutes (2669 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)
My First Time, Twice
When I was fourteen years old, I decided it was time to lose my virginity. Precocity had always been my thing. As an only child, I spent most of my youth around adults, which made me sound sort of like one. By early adolescence I had become so accustomed to being told I was mature, it seemed obvious to me that this next benchmark had to be hit early in order to maintain my identity. I was curious about sex. But mostly, I had a reputation to uphold. (I was pretty much the only person interested in this reputation.)
Author: Ariel Levy
Published: June 15, 2011
Length: 8 minutes (2111 words)
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