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We Are Alive
Nearly half a century ago, when Elvis Presley was filming “Harum Scarum” and “Help!” was on the charts, a moody, father-haunted, yet uncannily charismatic Shore rat named Bruce Springsteen was…
Published: July 30, 2012
Length: 62 minutes (15690 words)
Good Will Hunting: An Oral History
Fifteen years after the release of the movie that made them stars, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck—along with the rest of the cast and crew—reflect in their own words on how a long-shot film…
Length: 21 minutes (5338 words)
Sex, Drugs, and the Biggest Cybercrime of All Time
They'd been high all weekend long — on Ecstasy, coke, mushrooms and acid — so there seemed little harm in doing one last bump of Special K while they packed up to leave their…
Published: Nov. 11, 2010
Length: 30 minutes (7559 words)
How Chris McCandless Died
Twenty-one years ago this month, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had…
Author: Jon Krakauer
Published: Sept. 12, 2013
Length: 10 minutes (2589 words)
The Inside Story of Moot vs. 4chan
The beautiful people are lunching at a hip Ukrainian café in New York, but the hottest new Victoria's Secret model—the leading contestant in the lingerie company's online "Love Your Body"…
Length: 4 minutes (1075 words)
Required Reading from Journalism Professors
Below, six syllabi from journalism professors on what you should be reading. * * * 1. Journalism 494: Pollner Seminar In Narrative Non-Fiction With Esquire’s Chris Jones (University of…
Author: Julia Wick
Published: Sept. 27, 2013
Length: 3 minutes (757 words)
The Golden Bough
There was only one giant golden spruce in the world, and, until a man named Grant Hadwin took a chainsaw to it, in 1997, it had stood for more than three hundred years in a steadily shrinking patch…
Published: Nov. 4, 2002
Length: 22 minutes (5618 words)
A Birth Story
Meaghan O’Connell had a perfect pregnancy and the perfect birth plan—and then she went into labor.
Source: Longreads
Published: Nov. 6, 2014
Length: 56 minutes (14248 words)
Please Allow Me To Correct a Few Things
Imagining if Mick Jagger responded to Keith Richards about his new autobiography. "I am, I see here, marginally endowed, if I read Keith's sniggering aright. I do not sing well, either. I am not polite to employees; indeed, I have even been known to say, 'Oh, shut up, Keith,' in band meetings. I do not appreciate the authenticity of the music or the importance of what we do. I want to 'lord it over' the band, like James Brown. I am 'insufferable.' I slept with Anita."
Author: Bill Wyman
Source: Slate
Published: Nov. 5, 2010
Length: 20 minutes (5103 words)
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