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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

'Quebrado': The Life and Death of a Young Activist

As our Longreads Member Drive continues (sign up here to join us), we wanted to share more of our Member Picks with everyone, to show how your financial support helps us find and share outstanding storytelling from the past and present. Today we’re thrilled to feature "Quebrado," by Jeff Sharlet, a professor at Dartmouth, contributing editor for Rolling Stone and bestselling author. The story was first published in Rolling Stone in 2008 and is featured in Sharlet's book Sweet Heaven When I Die. Thanks to Sharlet for sharing it with the Longreads community.

PUBLISHED: Oct. 24, 2013
LENGTH: 36 minutes (9133 words)

Video Pick: The Journey of Transgender Rocker Laura Jane Grace

If you've been following Longreads for a while, you may have seen this excellent Rolling Stone story from last year by Josh Eells, "The Secret Life of Transgender Rocker Tom Gabel", about Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace's transition.

This MTV House of Style short reveals more about her life, and the small things she's discovered with regard to clothing, makeup and style. And as Grace notes at the end of the clip, "A lot of tips I picked up were from other trans women on the Internet… When I was 14 years old if I was watching House of Style watching a transsexual being interviewed and talking about that, it would have completely changed my life. I would have felt saved."
PUBLISHED: July 20, 2013

Longreads Member Pick: 'Quebrado,' by Jeff Sharlet

This week, we're excited to share a Member Pick from Jeff Sharlet, a professor at Dartmouth and bestselling author of The Family, C Street, and Sweet Heaven When I Die. "Quebrado" is a chapter from Sweet Heaven, first published in Rolling Stone in 2008, about Brad Will, a young American journalist and activist.

Read an excerpt here.

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PUBLISHED: Aug. 1, 2011
LENGTH: 36 minutes (9133 words)

Longreads Member Exclusive: Baghdad Follies, by Janet Reitman

This week, we're excited to feature Janet Reitman, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and the author of Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion. "Baghdad Follies" is Reitman's 2004 story on what it was like to be a war correspondent in Iraq. As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the war, Reitman reflects on her early fears about traveling to Baghdad.

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PUBLISHED: Jan. 1, 2004
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5354 words)