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All the Kings’ Men

“In between games, I didn’t sleep much. I lost weight. The stress level was high. There was no pleasure.” Those are Rick Fox’s memories from the breathtaking 2002 Western…
PUBLISHED: May 7, 2014
LENGTH: 65 minutes (16258 words)

Reading to remember, 2013

I’ve tried to put together some of the best stories I read from this year. It’s by no means authoritative, objective or exhaustive, but I think it will point you toward some powerful…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 12, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (682 words)


An oral history of the 1989 World Series, which was dominated by the Oakland A's — and devastated by the Loma Prieta earthquake If the asterisk didn't play such a nasty role in baseball lore,…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 23, 2013
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3981 words)

Fruit of Labor

The Mexicans—thirty-two of them—wait for the pickup truck. They are dressed, almost to a man, in dirty jeans, boots, long sleeves, and baseball caps. Some wear bandannas to shield their…
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3219 words)

The Flight from Dallas

Published in the October 2013 80th Anniversary issue 12:30 P.M., CENTRAL STANDARD TIME Colonel James Swindal, a handsome forty-six-year-old carpenter's son from Alabama and the pilot of Air Force…
LENGTH: 5 minutes (1454 words)

A Death in Valdosta

Multisport athlete Kendrick Johnson was found dead in his Georgia high school's gymnasium in January. Authorities ruled it an accident, but Johnson's family believed something very different —…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 4, 2013
LENGTH: 30 minutes (7710 words)

The Weather God of Oklahoma City

Gary England, the chief meteorologist at Channel 9 in Oklahoma City, at the studio. I had heard stories about the special powers of Gary England, Tornado Alley’s most famous weat
PUBLISHED: Aug. 9, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (762 words)

Google Will Now Show a Listing of #Longreads In Your Search Results

Google's great for getting quick answers fast, but sometime you don't just want the Wikipedia summary. Sometimes you want to READ. And for exactly those situations, Google will start showing you a…
PUBLISHED: Aug. 6, 2013

REMADE IN TAIWAN: Manny Ramirez's Season Abroad

Image by Sam Graham-Felsen/Buzzfeed I.The first thing you notice walking into Taiwanese baseball stadiums is the smell. It’s assaultive. And it’s in the air — like, you can actually see spattered oil…
PUBLISHED: July 12, 2013
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6016 words)