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Confessional Writing Is Not Self-indulgent

The author of The Empathy Exams on the power of personal stories.
PUBLISHED: July 4, 2014
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2696 words)

This Internet Millionaire Has a New Deal for You

A profile of Matt Rutledge, the founder of deals site Woot, which sold to Amazon in 2010. Rutledge is starting a new deals site called "Meh."
AUTHOR:Tim Rogers
SOURCE:D Magazine
PUBLISHED: July 1, 2014
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3628 words)

The Story of H.M.: The Amnesiac Who Profoundly Changed the Way We Think About Memory

For this week's Longreads Member Pick, we're excited to share a story from The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, a new book from science reporter Sam Kean looking at stories about the brain and the history of neuroscience.

PUBLISHED: June 30, 2014
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3008 words)

The Power of Two

An excerpt from Shenk's forthcoming book, Powers of Two, exploring creativity in pairs, and what made John Lennon and Paul McCartney's collaboration so powerful.

PUBLISHED: June 30, 2014
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3985 words)

Citizen Bezos

Steve Coll examines Brad Stone’s The Everything Store, and Amazon’s impact on publishing:

Toward the end of his account, Stone asks the essential question: “Will antitrust authorities eventually come to scrutinize Amazon and its market power?” His answer: “Yes, I believe that is likely.” It is “clear that Amazon has helped damage or destroy competitors small and large,” in Stone’s judgment.

In view of Amazon’s recent treatment of The Everything Store, Stone may now end up as a courtroom witness. Yet there are reasons to be wary about who will prevail in such a contest, if it ever takes place. As Stone notes, “Amazon is a masterly navigator of the law.” And crucially, as in so many other fields of economic policy, antitrust law has been reshaped in recent decades by the spread of free-market fundamentalism. Judges and legislators have reinterpreted antitrust law to emphasize above all the promotion of low prices for consumers, which Amazon delivers, rather than the interests of producers—whether these are authors, book publishers, or mom-and-pop grocery stores—that are threatened by giants.

AUTHOR:Steve Coll
PUBLISHED: June 23, 2014
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4294 words)

The House of Mondavi: How an American Wine Empire Was Born

For our latest Longreads Member Pick, we’re excited to feature an excerpt from The House of Mondavi, Julia Flynn Siler’s book about a family that turned a Napa Valley winery into a billion-dollar fortune. Thanks to Siler and Gotham Books for sharing it with the Longreads community.

PUBLISHED: June 17, 2014
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3328 words)

The Magical Stranger: A Son’s Journey Into His Father’s Life

The first chapter from The Magical Stranger, Stephen Rodrick’s memoir about his father, squadron commander and Navy pilot Peter Rodrick. Our thanks to Rodrick for sharing it with the Longreads community.
PUBLISHED: June 10, 2014
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2779 words)

Comedy and the Single Girl

An excerpt from Armstrong’s book Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, on how Treva Silverman helped create TV’s most memorable characters:

One night in 1964, Silverman was playing at a piano bar in Manhattan’s theater district—it was another one of those dark, smoky places, but this one had a well-tuned baby grand. She took her requisite set break, listening to the glasses clink and the patrons murmur in the absence of her playing. Still energized from her performance, she struck up a conversation with an intense, bearded, hippie-ish guy and his girlfriend sitting near her at the bar. Soon they were chatting about their mutual love of F. Scott Fitzgerald and J. D. Salinger. Beards were only just on the brink of acceptable mainstream grooming at the time, a signal of a certain kind of rebelliousness that endeared this guy to Silverman. Guys with beards tended to smoke weed, be creative, listen to cool music. They were Silverman’s people. Even more so when they could talk Fitzgerald and Salinger. It figured that he was there with a woman, though. Those guys were always taken.

The guy, Jim Brooks, worked at CBS as an assistant in the newsroom.

PUBLISHED: June 10, 2014
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2714 words)

The Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence, Kansas

A profile of poet Patricia Lockwood (“Rape Joke,”Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals):

“People don’t necessarily respond as their best selves in the moment. The initial conversations were not totally ideal. But when you make art out of something, they get another chance.”

PUBLISHED: May 30, 2014
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5255 words)