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Damien Echols spent 18 years on death row as part of the "West Memphis Three" before being freed in 2011. He's now adjusting to domestic life in Salem, Mass.:

"Lucia Coale and her husband, Ed Schutte, found out about their new neighbors back in September, not long after Davis and Echols had signed the papers on the 1810 Colonial a few houses down. Someone on the street sent out an email: 'Oh my gosh, guess who’s moving here?' Coale remembers it saying. 'We all went through a period where we checked [Echols] out on the Internet and watched Paradise Lost.' Coale herself began to follow Echols on Twitter, which is how she learned that weeks after they’d moved in, he and Davis still didn’t own a TV, which meant that every time Echols had a television appearance, which in those days was often, they were heading down to the Hawthorne Hotel to watch it.

"Some time later, Coale and Schutte were out on a bike ride when they saw Echols and Davis out walking. 'I tend to be a very chatty person, so I just kind of walked up and I said, ‘Hi, you don’t know me, but I’m your neighbor,’' Coale recalled. They invited Echols and Davis over to watch TV whenever they wanted. 'I didn’t know we would become friends with them,' Schutte said. 'Are you going to be friends with someone who was in solitary confinement for years? How would that work?'"
PUBLISHED: June 24, 2013
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3612 words)

Longreads Member Exclusive: Someone Could Get Hurt (Chapter 1), by Drew Magary

For this week's Member Pick, we're thrilled to share the first chapter of Drew Magary's new memoir on fatherhood, Someone Could Get Hurt  (Gotham Books). Magary, who writes for  Deadspin and  GQ, has been  featured on Longreads many times in the past, and he explained how his latest book came together.
PUBLISHED: May 16, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2332 words)

Longreads Member Exclusive: After Visiting Friends (Chapter 1), by Michael Hainey

This week's Longreads Member Pick is the first chapter from the best-selling memoir After Visiting FriendsGQ deputy editor Michael Hainey's story of his father's death and his search for answers. Hainey was 6 years old when his father, newspaperman Bob Hainey, died suddenly, but questions remained about the circumstances around his death. 

We're proud to feature the book. Thanks to Michael and Scribner for sharing this story.

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PUBLISHED: March 21, 2013
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2542 words)

Longreads Best of 2012: David Roth

David Roth is a co-founder of, writer for and editor at the sports website The Classical. He writes columns for Sports On Earth and Vice, co-writes The Daily Fix blog-column for the Wall Street Journal online, and writes for The Awl, GQ and other places when there's time and when they'll have him. He's on Twitter, a lot, @david_j_roth.

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AUTHOR:David Roth
PUBLISHED: Dec. 24, 2012

Longreads Best of 2012: Edith Zimmerman

PUBLISHED: Dec. 6, 2012

‘My Body Stopped Speaking to Me’: The First-Person Account of a Near-Death Experience

Our recent Longreads Member Pick by National Magazine Award winner Andrew Corsello from GQ is now free for everyone. Special thanks to our Longreads Members for helping bring these stories to you—if you're not a member, join us here

"My Body Stopped Speaking to Me," is a personal story about Corsello's near-death experience, first published in GQ in 1995.

PUBLISHED: Nov. 1, 1995
LENGTH: 25 minutes (6489 words)