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of monsters and mass shootings: a cultural reading guide for understanding today's crime

For those of you who don’t know me in a professional capacity, I write about violence, a lot. And some of these essays have really helped me understand the periodic bouts of horror that…
LENGTH: 3 minutes (768 words)

Manufacturing Consent: Estelle B. Freedman's "Redefining Rape" -

IN SEPTEMBER 2011, the FBI released its 82nd annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Up to this point, the agency had only counted one very specific type of rape in the UCR: rapes of females by vaginal…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 11, 2014
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3781 words)

Welcome to Interzone: On William S. Burroughs' Centennial -

“GILT AND RED plush. Rococo bar backed by pink shell.  The air is cloyed with a sweet evil substance like decayed honey. Men and women in evening dress sip pousse-cafés through…
PUBLISHED: Jan. 31, 2014
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5034 words)

Kill The Leading Man: Two Histories of 21st Century Television

IT COULD’VE BEEN WINNIE HOLZMAN. In the late 1990s, executives at HBO gave veteran TV scribe Tom Fontana a blank check to create a dark, violent, virtually unmarketable show about an…
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5386 words)

On Being Off: The Case of Amanda Knox

ON THE NIGHT OF NOVEMBER 1, 2007 in Perugia, Italy, somebody stabbed the 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher in the neck. Her body was found in her bedroom half-naked and under a duvet;…
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6045 words)

A Shadow History of the Internet” - Los Angeles Review of Books

Date: 04:04 19th Jun 2005 From: Samuel Subject: “Penis Enlargement announcement” The Penis Patch is amazing Gray hair is God’s graffiti. A language is a…
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5087 words)

Bruce Robbins on German Europe

Triptych image: Diamantis Sotiropoulos, "Threat" IN THE SECOND WEEK of June 2013, the Greek government closed down the nation’s public television and radio stations, firing all their…
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3349 words)

Top 5 Longreads of the Week

2. Jahar's World Janet Reitman | Rolling Stone | July 17, 2013 | 45 minutes (11,415 words)An investigation into Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's troubled past:"Yet he 'never raised any red flags,' says one of his…
LENGTH: 1 minutes (275 words)

Heritage Girl Crush: On

IN THE MOVIE Hannah Arendt, the philosopher Hannah Arendt smokes a lot of cigarettes. The poster shows the pensive face of actress Barbara Sukowa posed in profile against the New York skyline, like a…
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2813 words)