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The Good Girls Revolt: When 46 Women Sued Newsweek for Discrimination

Following this week's news about the firing of Jill Abramson from the New York Times and the discussion of gender pay disparity, here's some historical context: The full opening chapter of Lynn Povich's book, The Good Girls Revolt, about the first female class action lawsuit against Newsweek. Thanks to Povich and PublicAffairs for allowing us to reprint the excerpt.
PUBLISHED: May 16, 2014
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3368 words)

Longreads Best of 2012: The New Yorker's David Grann

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PUBLISHED: Dec. 4, 2012
LENGTH: 1 minutes (261 words)

Longreads Member Exclusive: Let's Dance

For this week's Longreads Member pick, we're thrilled to share "Let's Dance,"Sasha Frere-Jones's 2010 New Yorker profile of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy.

Frere-Jones writes: 

"When you begin writing a profile, your first worry is access. Does the subject talk in soundbites? Will he or she let you see anything that hasn't been rehearsed? ('Accidental' meetings with famous friends, fans showing up en masse at coffee shops, etc.) Will you just get an hour in the hotel lobby? Will the publicist sit by your elbow as you talk for what ends up being less than an hour?

"James Murphy, as a subject, presented none of these problems. Over the course of eighteen months, he opened his home and his studio and his rehearsal space to me. The profile could have been almost any length. His monologue, in Laurel Canyon, on Louis CK's genius deserved a page-long block quote, and his stories about his family in New Jersey could have made for a complete, stand-alone piece. But what I wanted to focus on in The New Yorker piece was how functionally, logistically independent Murphy is—he can really execute any single part of the record-making process, from conception to fabrication of widgets. And he isn't just obsessive about detail but obsessive first about locating the important details, and then obsessive about attending to them thoroughly. I've spent my life playing with and observing musicians, and I've never seen a bandleader make so many small, ongoing demands of a band without alienating anyone. I did not expect all the hugging.

Read an excerpt here.

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PUBLISHED: May 10, 2010
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4103 words)