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Francis’s Holy War

If you intend to be a proper Catholic priest, you would be wise to follow the little formalities of the church. When in Rome, for example, you are required to wear your cassock or at least a clergy…
PUBLISHED: June 24, 2014
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6619 words)

The boy whose brain could unlock autism

SOMETHING WAS WRONG with Kai Markram. At five days old, he seemed like an unusually alert baby, picking his head up and looking around long before his sisters had done. By the time he could walk, he…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 11, 2013
LENGTH: 29 minutes (7279 words)

How radioactive poison became the assassin’s weapon of choice

TUCKED INTO THE Millennium Hotel on London’s Grosvenor Square, the Pine Bar is a place of hush and shadows. Dark wood panelling, leather seats, and black shaded chandeliers cosset those who seek…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 28, 2013
LENGTH: 34 minutes (8565 words)

The best writing of the week, November 24

We all know the feeling. You're sleepless in the sad hours of the night or stumbling around early on a hazy weekend morning in need of something to read, and that pile of unread books just isn't…
SOURCE:The Verge
PUBLISHED: Nov. 24, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (824 words)

Top 5 Longreads of the Week + Member Drive Update

5. The Future of the Orgasm IndustryNitasha Tiku | Gawker | Oct. 18, 2013 | 32 minutes (8,147 words)Nitasha Tiku goes inside the world of OneTaste, a San Francisco company dedicated to the practice…

All Can Be Lost: The Risk of Putting Our Knowledge in the Hands of Machines

On the evening of February 12, 2009, a Continental Connection commuter flight made its way through blustery weather between Newark, New Jersey, and Buffalo, New York. As is typical of commercial…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 23, 2013
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4050 words)

On the Ground With Syria's News Smugglers

From Antakya, the seat of the Turkish province of Hatay, it is a 40-minute drive to the town of Reyhanli, the last ten minutes of which follow the jagged line of the Syrian border. The border is…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 21, 2013
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3827 words)

9 Longform Stories We're Reading This Week

1. How Melissa Leo Became An Overnight Sensation In Just 30 Years — BuzzFeed Self-styled (literally) movie star Melissa Leo has, over the course of three decades of work, carved out an almost…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 11, 2013
LENGTH: 1 minutes (482 words)

Googling Yourself Takes on a Whole New Meaning

Here’s what you see if you look at my face: a skinny titanium headband stretched across my forehead. It looks like a futuristic pair of sunglasses, minus the lenses. On my right-hand side ther
PUBLISHED: Aug. 30, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (795 words)