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Tempest In a Test Tube

Vanessa Grigoriadis on the complicated, high profile custody battle between actor Jason Patric and his ex-girlfriend Danielle Schreiber.

PUBLISHED: July 15, 2014
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4727 words)

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring GQ, The Stranger, Missoula Independent, Washington Post, and Rolling Stone.
PUBLISHED: June 7, 2014

Jimmy Iovine: The Man With the Magic Ears

An in-depth 2012 interview with the music mogul turned Apple employee, on how he began his career, working in the studio with John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty:

Did engineering for Spector and Lennon prepare you for Springsteen’s vision of a wall of sound?

With John, I learned to make sure the band felt right around the vocal. That’s how you get the take, not the other way around. You don’t get the music and then sing it. On [U2’s] Rattle and Hum, I wouldn’t record the take unless Bono was there. I didn’t care if he had words or not. I wanted to hear his voice, the moment where it all connects.

I learned all about that power. You can’t really pick out what’s playing. But if you listen closely, you can hear each instrument. Phil called that a wall. Bruce wanted that. My whole life became about that. It was brutally painful, feeling like we were never going to get there. This is beyond all our grasps, what this guy has in his head. We were all deathly afraid of Springsteen.

PUBLISHED: June 2, 2014
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6628 words)

George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

An interview with 'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin:

You've talked before about the original glimpse of the story you had for what became A Song of Ice and Fire: a spontaneous vision in your mind of a boy witnessing a beheading, then finding direwolves in the snow. That's an interesting genesis.

It was the summer of 1991. I was still involved in Hollywood. My agent was trying to get me meetings to pitch my ideas, but I didn't have anything to do in May and June. It had been years since I wrote a novel. I had an idea for a science-fiction novel called Avalon. I started work on it and it was going pretty good, when suddenly it just came to me, this scene, from what would ultimately be the first chapter of A Game of Thrones. It's from Bran's viewpoint; they see a man beheaded and they find some direwolf pups in the snow. It just came to me so strongly and vividly that I knew I had to write it. I sat down to write, and in, like, three days it just came right out of me, almost in the form you've read.

PUBLISHED: April 23, 2014
LENGTH: 25 minutes (6332 words)

Tyler Hadley's Killer Party

An account of house party thrown by a troubled teen in Florida:

During Justin's game of beer pong, the ball bounced to the floor and rolled beneath the table, where it came to rest in a sticky, thick brown substance. Justin was mildly grossed out, but didn't think much of it. He carried the ball to the kitchen sink and rinsed it under the faucet. Then he resumed the game.

As Mark Andrew was leaving the party, Tyler asked if they could speak privately. Tyler went outside and ordered all the kids standing there to get back into the house, so that his neighbors wouldn't call the cops. Once everyone was inside, Tyler turned to Mark.

"Dude, I did some things. I might go to prison. I might go away for life. I don't know, dude, I'm freaking out right now."

PUBLISHED: Dec. 18, 2013
LENGTH: 30 minutes (7692 words)

The True Story of 'The Poorest Rich Kids in the World'

Longreads Best of 2013 continues with a postscript by Rolling Stone's Sabrina Rubin Erdely, on her story about Georgia and Patterson Inman, heirs to the Duke fortune.
PUBLISHED: Dec. 17, 2013

Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our story picks of the week, featuring The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Motherboard, Lapham's Quarterly, and a guest pick from Nicole Greenfield.
PUBLISHED: Dec. 13, 2013

Longreads Best of 2013: Boycotts, Death Threats and a Rolling Stone Cover Story

Janet Reitman is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone.
PUBLISHED: Dec. 12, 2013

In the Belly of the Beast

Animal rights activists uncover the dark underbelly of factory farming:

Carlson’s secretly recorded footage, compiled over more than a month, triggered a cruelty indictment and cost the dairy a major buyer. The takedown, in 2008, was Carlson’s first assignment. Hired out of college by Kroll Advisory Solutions to gather business data, he left to find work at a nonprofit firm devoted to social justice. Neither the Polaris Project nor the Environmental Investigation Agency called back, but Mercy for Animals did. After several weeks of training, he hired on at Willet, a giant dairy in Locke, New York, that churned out 40,000 gallons of milk a day. So damning was his footage of standard factory-farming practice – chopping the tails off calves without anesthesia; gouging the horns off their heads with hot branding irons, also without anesthesia; punching cows, kicking calves, beating desperately sick downers – that Nightline ran it on national TV, confronting Willet’s CEO on camera. “Our animals are critically important to our well-being, so we work hard to treat them well,” droned Lyndon Odell of the 5,000 cows standing in lagoons of their own shit. Shown tape of the tortured calves, and pressed on whether a cow feels pain, he rolled his shoulders and mumbled, “I guess I can’t speak for the cow.” It bears saying here that nothing would have come from the tape if left to the whims of Jon Budelmann, the Cayuga County DA. “We approached him with our evidence and he told us to fuck off – he wasn’t going to take on Big Dairy,” says Carlson. “It was only after we went to the media with the tape that he got off his ass and brought charges.” (Budelmann later cleared Willet of any wrongdoing, telling the Syracuse Post-Standard that while Willet’s practices might seem harsh to consumers, they’re “not currently illegal in New York state.”)

PUBLISHED: Dec. 10, 2013
LENGTH: 29 minutes (7298 words)