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9 Feature Stories We're Reading This Week

1. Why is the World’s Gayest Sport Stuck in the Closet? — BuzzFeed Men’s figure skating has always been caught between its public image and its conservative culture. But with anti-LGBT policies…
PUBLISHED: Jan. 31, 2014
LENGTH: 1 minutes (475 words)

The 15 Most Memorable Profiles Of 2013

3. Have You Heard the One About President Joe Biden? — GQ A charming portrait of the vice president by Jeanne Marie Laskas. “That’s what’s funny. It’s a comfort level, and a mocking, and a kind of…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 13, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (576 words)

Reading to remember, 2013

I’ve tried to put together some of the best stories I read from this year. It’s by no means authoritative, objective or exhaustive, but I think it will point you toward some powerful…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 12, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (682 words)

The 17 Most Harrowing Feature Stories Of 2013

3. A Death in Valdosta — Grantland Jordan Conn travels to rural Georgia, where a promising athlete was found mysteriously dead in the corner of his high school’s gym; what was decided to be an…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 6, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (699 words)

The Power Of One

A teenage girl climbs into her coach's white Chevy Malibu. The heat lies on the land like the heel of a fat man's hand. The cicadas scream. The cattle chew the spear grass. The turkey buzzards wheel.…
LENGTH: 25 minutes (6363 words)

Casey Affleck Should Be More Famous

Before Casey Affleck started filming “Out of the Furnace” last year, he felt, professionally speaking, as if he’d lost his way. Five years earlier, in 2007, he had two breakout…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 21, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2898 words)

Case of B-2 pilot charged with rape — and later acquitted — offers glimpse into Air Force justice

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — The B-2 pilot might have wished he were a thousand miles away, over some blank ocean perhaps, even in dark enemy skies. Instead, the captain was quite earthbound…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 24, 2013
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4408 words)

I Tried to See Where My T-Shirt Was Made, and the Factory Sent Thugs After Me

Aruna, a 19-year-old nurse I met in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is a lot like some of my friends in Washington, DC—bright, single, self-assured, loves her job. She speaks quickly…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 29, 2013
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2120 words)

A parent's dilemma: Should you let your kid play football?

MARIETTA, Ga. -- His name is Parker. Everyone called him Tank. In his first season of youth football, he made two boys cry. Knocked three boys out. He was 4 years old, going on 5, big and strong for…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 14, 2013
LENGTH: 31 minutes (7945 words)