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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)

Post-Scarcity Economics by by Tom Streithorst

WE LIVE LIKE GODS, and we don’t even know it. We fly across oceans in airplanes, we eat tropical fruit in December, we have machines that sing us songs, clean our house, take pictures of Mars.…
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4822 words)