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Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our story picks this week include The London Review of Books, Business Insider, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Oregon Humanities with a guest pick by Jane R. LeBlanc.
PUBLISHED: Aug. 30, 2013

Picture Their Hearts

The writer on her parents' interracial marriage during the Civil Rights movement:

"She remembered only a time when a taxi driver refused to pick them up. They were with her parents, and my grandfather was outraged by the slight. A Jewish Ukrainian immigrant, my grandfather held high ideals of justice in his adopted land. He took down the taxi’s medallion number and found a police officer to stand with them until they could hail another cab. A few months later, he took the offending driver to court. My mother couldn’t recall what had come of the charge.

"'That’s it?' I said.

"My mother’s eyes narrowed. She looked surprised by my disappointment.

"'I mean, it must have been hard dealing with what people thought,' I said.

"She didn’t hesitate in replying: 'If we’d cared what other people thought, we wouldn’t have gotten married.'"
PUBLISHED: Aug. 1, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2473 words)

Unforgiven, Unforgotten

Phil Busse stole McCain lawn signs in Minnesota during the 2008 presidential campaign. The prank made him infamous:

"Within hours, I received several hundred angry emails and phone calls, including three death threats. A man in Michigan yelled at me over the phone, calling me 'sick' and 'demented,' and informing me that he was going to go steal ten times as many Obama signs in retaliation. A man from Texas, who described himself as 'a 29-year-old, 250-pound Republican,' called me 'little Phillip' and offered to whoop my ass. A man in California told me to go play a long game of 'go hide and fuck yourself,' and warned that he was planning to exercise his Second Amendment right. Another man from Springfield, Oregon, left a voicemail message calling me 'despicable' and informing me that he would hunt me down if I returned to Oregon. Clearly, whatever message I had intended about visceral participation in politics was completely eclipsed by the messenger. In hindsight, this would be the third principle of public spectacle—and one that I was long overdue to have learned."
AUTHOR:Phil Busse
PUBLISHED: May 1, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2752 words)