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Head Over Heels

Doree Shafrir goes inside Steve Madden’s well-heeled empire (his eponymous shoes made over $1 billion last year).

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb. 9, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4113 words)
I Was a Super Bowl Concession Worker
At Slate, Gabriel Thompson describes what it's like to be a food-service worker at Levi's Stadium at Super Bowl 50 — and explores the low-wage, part-time workforce of Silicon Valley.
Source: Slate
Published: Feb. 9, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3966 words)
Whatever Happened to Michael Jackson's Pet Chimp?

Michael Jackson's former pet chimp Bubbles is living out his twilight years in a Florida nonprofit sanctuary alongside apes who have costarred with Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey, and Kevin Smith.

Published: Feb. 2, 2016
Length: 7 minutes (1900 words)
The NYPD Is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even If They Haven’t Committed a Crime
An investigation into the aggressive use of nuisance abatement actions by the NYPD in New York City.
Author: Sarah Ryley
Source: ProPublica
Published: Feb. 4, 2016
Length: 27 minutes (6956 words)
A Brief History of Solitary Confinement
Dickens, Tocqueville, and the U.N. all agree about this American invention: It’s torture.
Published: Feb. 9, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5288 words)
Eileen Myles on the Excruciating Pain of Waiting for Love

An essay about yearning, and an affair begun at an artist colony.

Author: Eileen Myles
Published: Feb. 8, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2077 words)
Life Below the Poverty Line in Banktown, USA

A searing, nuanced portrait of a single mother living in poverty in Charlotte, N.C.

Author: Lisa Rab
Published: Feb. 1, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3769 words)
The ‘Wellness Craze’: Six Stories About Fitness
"Here are several of my favorite stories about fitness magazines, FitBit, yoga and athleisure."
Author: Emily Perper
Source: Longreads
Published: Feb. 8, 2016
The Birth of Boko Haram

Andrew Walker traces the growth of Boko Haram, from the tattered remnants of an Islamist sect to a relentless terrorist army.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb. 4, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4595 words)
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN,, The California Sunday Magazine, and Hazlitt.

Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Feb. 5, 2016
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