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Anxiety, Depression and OCD: Treating the Animals Inside America's Zoos

Halberstadt meets Dr. Vint Virga and explores the scientific research into the feelings of animals. "He has treated severely depressed snow leopards, brown bears with obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobic zebras. 'Scientists often say that we don’t know what animals feel because they can’t speak to us and can’t report their inner states,' Virga told me. 'But the thing is, they are reporting their inner states. We’re just not listening.'"
PUBLISHED: July 9, 2014
LENGTH: 27 minutes (6821 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)

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Mosaic Science and Bloomberg Businessweek.
PUBLISHED: May 23, 2014

Working 9 to 5: A Reading List About the Way We Work

This week's picks from Emily include stories from The Billfold, the Walker Art Center, The New Yorker's Currency blog, and The New York Times.
PUBLISHED: May 4, 2014

The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie

Sullivan searches for the real story behind two phantom voices that recorded songs for Paramount in the early 1930s:

No grave site, no photograph. Forget that — no anecdotes. This is what set Geeshie and Elvie apart even from the rest of an innermost group of phantom geniuses of the ’20s and ’30s. Their myth was they didn’t have anything you could so much as hang a myth on. The objects themselves — the fewer than 10 surviving copies, total, of their three known Paramount releases, a handful of heavy, black, scratch-riven shellac platters, all in private hands — these were the whole of the file on Geeshie and Elvie, and even these had come within a second thought of vanishing, within, say, a woman’s decision in cleaning her parents’ attic to go against some idle advice that she throw out a box of old records and instead to find out what the junk shop gives. When she decides otherwise, when the shop isn’t on the way home, there goes the music, there go the souls, ash flakes up the flue, to flutter about with the Edison cylinder of Buddy Bolden’s band and the phonautograph of Lincoln’s voice.

PUBLISHED: April 12, 2014
LENGTH: 55 minutes (13953 words)

Examining the Religious, Economic, Architectural, and Cultural Facets of Gentrification: A Reading List

This week's picks from Emily includes stories from Christena Cleveland, Gothamist, The New York Times, and New Geography.
PUBLISHED: March 30, 2014

A Fight Is Brewing

They’re identical twins, both world-renowned beer makers, and they hate each other:

The Danish press has caught the conflict’s biblical whiff, casting Mikkel and Jeppe as sworn enemies. Thomas Schon, Mikkeller’s first employee, told me that the twins suffer from a pronounced personality clash: “It was a big relief for Mikkel when Jeppe moved to Brooklyn. It was like the Danish beer scene wasn’t big enough for the two of them.” Mikkeller’s operations manager, Jacob Gram Alsing, said that the subject of Jeppe “is very sensitive for Mikkel to talk about.” Mikkel himself put it this way: “You know Oasis? The Gallagher brothers? They were one of the most successful bands in the world, but those guys had problems with each other.” With twins, he said, “it’s a matter of seeing yourself in another person, and sometimes seeing something you don’t like.”

PUBLISHED: March 26, 2014
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4681 words)

What Pakistan Knew About Bin Laden

Did Pakistan know that Osama bin Laden was hiding inside the country? Carlotta Gall, who's been reporting for the Times from Afghanistan and Pakistan, investigates:

Finally, on a winter evening in 2012, I got the confirmation I was looking for. According to one inside source, the ISI actually ran a special desk assigned to handle Bin Laden. It was operated independently, led by an officer who made his own decisions and did not report to a superior. He handled only one person: Bin Laden. I was sitting at an outdoor cafe when I learned this, and I remember gasping, though quietly so as not to draw attention.

PUBLISHED: March 22, 2014
LENGTH: 20 minutes (5090 words)

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories this week, featuring the New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Tin House, The Awl and The Walrus.
PUBLISHED: March 14, 2014