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Curses: A Tribute to Losing Teams and Easy Scapegoats

Barry Grass reflects on the pain of rooting for a cursed team. "Each year it is another variation on the same theme: 'This is Our Year' or 'Is This Our Year?' or 'Can the Royals Win it All?' or 'Our Time' or 'How Good are these Royals?' or 'How Good are these Royals' or or or. It gets tiresome after growing up hearing it year after year, because the answer has always been the same. The answer is no. It’s not our time. It’s not our year. No, the Royals aren’t going to win it all. These Royals are not very good. No."
PUBLISHED: July 2, 2014
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4537 words)

Longreads Member Exclusive: Call It Rape

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This week's Longreads Member Exclusive comes from Margot Singer, whose essay "Call It Rape" was published in the Fall 2012 issue of The Normal School.  Jeffery Gleaves, an editorial assistant for the magazine, writes: 

"Located at California State University at Fresno, The Normal School is a biannual magazine of literary intrigue that is distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada. Through etymological and personal history, Margot Singer's 'Call it Rape' examines the very complicated position of living in a world where gender power dynamics seem to pervade every part of our lives. The essay seems to tangle, more than untangle, sex and violence. It messes with your head and leaves you feeling something real, something complicated and messy. Good essays are fueled by the contradictions of everyday living; and essays like 'Call it Rape' threaten to stick with you and unsettle you, to keep you awake at night."

Singer is the author of The Pale of Settlement (University of Georgia Press, 2007), winner of the Flannery O'Connor Prize for Short Fiction. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Conjunctions, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she directs the Creative Writing program.
PUBLISHED: Dec. 13, 2012
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5711 words)

Don’t Be Cruel: A Brief History of Elvis-Hating in America, Our Member Pick

For this week's Longreads Member Pick, we're excited to share "Don't Be Cruel: A Brief History of Elvis-Hating in America," from Ned Stuckey-French and The Normal SchoolBecome a Longreads Member to receive the full story and support our service. You can also now buy Longreads Gift Memberships to send this and other great stories to friends, family or colleagues.
PUBLISHED: Oct. 1, 2012
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4999 words)