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How to Land Your Kid in Therapy
“We’re confusing our own needs with our kids’ needs and calling it good parenting,” Blume said, letting out a sigh. I asked him why he sighed. (This is what happens when two therapists have a conversation.) “It’s sad to watch,” he explained. “I can’t tell you how often I have to say to parents that they’re putting too much emphasis on their kids’ feelings because of their own issues. If a therapist is telling you to pay less attention to your kid’s feelings, you know something has gotten way of out of whack.”
Source: The Atlantic
Published: June 13, 2011
Length: 28 minutes (7143 words)
The Secret History of Guns
Today, the NRA is the unquestioned leader in the fight against gun control. Yet the organization didn’t always oppose gun regulation. Founded in 1871 by George Wingate and William Church—the latter a former reporter for a newspaper now known for hostility to gun rights, The New York Times—the group first set out to improve American soldiers’ marksmanship. Wingate and Church had fought for the North in the Civil War and been shocked by the poor shooting skills of city-bred Union soldiers. In the 1920s and ’30s, the NRA was at the forefront of legislative efforts to enact gun control.
Author: Adam Winkler
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Aug. 9, 2011
Length: 18 minutes (4616 words)
The Girl Who Turned to Bone
Investigating a rare genetic disorder that causes those who suffer from it to grow a second skeleton:

"Within a few years, she would begin to grow new bones that would stretch across her body, some fusing to her original skeleton. Bone by bone, the disease would lock her into stillness. The Mayo doctors didn’t tell Peeper’s parents that. All they did say was that Peeper would not live long.

"'Basically, my parents were told there was nothing that could be done,' Peeper told me in October. 'They should just take me home and enjoy their time with me, because I would probably not live to be a teenager.'
Author: Carl Zimmer
Source: The Atlantic
Published: May 23, 2013
Length: 26 minutes (6663 words)
Two Ways of Looking at a War Zone
Is Fallujah a showroom model of American success in Iraq? Only in a limited sense
Author: Graeme Wood
Source: The Atlantic
Published: June 24, 2009
Length: 4 minutes (1035 words)
The Killing Machines
How do we live with drones during wartime—and then after it's over? A look at the ethical and legal implications, and the realities of what advantages drones have given the U.S. in the battle against al-Qaeda:

"Once the pursuit of al-Qaeda is defined as 'law enforcement,' ground assaults may be the only acceptable tactic under international law. A criminal must be given the opportunity to surrender, and if he refuses, efforts must be made to arrest him. Mary Ellen O’Connell believes the Abbottabad raid was an example of how things should work.

"'It came as close to what we are permitted to do under international law as you can get,' she said. 'John Brennan came out right after the killing and said the seals were under orders to attempt to capture bin Laden, and if he resisted or if their own lives were endangered, then they could use the force that was necessary. They did not use a drone. They did not drop a bomb. They did not fire a missile.'"
Author: Mark Bowden
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Aug. 14, 2013
Length: 41 minutes (10324 words)
Mind vs. Machine
In the race to build computers that can think like humans, the proving ground is the Turing Test—an annual battle between the world’s most advanced artificial-intelligence programs and ordinary people. The objective? To find out whether a computer can act "more human" than a person. In his own quest to beat the machines, the author discovers that the march of technology isn't just changing how we live, it's raising new questions about what it means to be human.
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Feb. 8, 2011
Length: 33 minutes (8495 words)
The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms

The public collides uncomfortably with the private in the bathroom as it does nowhere else. How psychology, gender roles, and design explain the distinctive way we behave in the world's stalls:

The vulnerability and exposure of using a urinal seems to create the need for additional social boundaries, in place of even “flimsy” physical ones. A famous, though ethically questionable, study from 1976 found that invading this socially agreed-upon bubble of personal space made it much more difficult for men to pee. To discover this, one researcher hid in a bathroom stall and watched men at the urinals through a periscope, timing the “delay and persistence” of urination when a confederate came into the bathroom and stood right next to or one urinal removed from the unknowing participant. The closer the confederate was, the longer the delay before the man was able to go, and the less time he peed overall. Whether he would have been able to go at all had he known someone was spying on him through a periscope, no one can say.

Author: Julie Beck
Source: The Atlantic
Published: April 16, 2014
Length: 18 minutes (4520 words)
Hemingway's Libidinous Feast
In a restored edition of a great classic, sexual anxiety looms large.
Source: The Atlantic
Published: June 28, 2009
Length: 7 minutes (1892 words)
What Happens When Four Guys Try to Cross the Atlantic…in a Rowboat
Four men make an attempt to break a world record by rowing from Senegal to Miami, Fla.:

"At the end of January, just 200 kilometres into the journey, the team is rowing in a wild nighttime sea when a rogue wave the size of a small house hoists their boat, tosses it into a valley and crashes over it. The force of the water snaps one of the oars in Kreek’s hand. Equipment flies overboard, but the moon and stars offer enough light for him and Hanssen to frantically recover as many objects as they can. Two weeks later, in daylight, another wave breaks one of Kreek’s oars. It’s their last spare. Being thrashed by the Atlantic is terrifying and Kreek slips into shock. He goes cold, crawls into the cabin and falls asleep for four hours. 'You have to come to terms with the fact that you’re this tiny little thing that can be eaten by the ocean at any moment,' Pukonen says."
Source: Sportsnet
Published: Aug. 6, 2013
Length: 22 minutes (5501 words)
Longreads Best of 2012: Nicholas Jackson
Nicholas Jackson is the digital editorial director for Outside magazine. A former associate editor at The Atlantic, he has also worked for Slate,Texas MonthlyEncyclopaedia Britannica, and other publications.

Read more guest picks from Longreads Best of 2012.
Source: Longreads
Published: Dec. 21, 2012
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