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Collector's Item: What was the Princess Diana Beanie Baby?
Planning to finance your retirement with your Beanie Baby collection? Think again.
Published: Oct. 24, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2001 words)
Eight Women in Love
"When she met him, she was holding a bowl of tabbouleh. He wasn’t famous at the time. Just a promising upstart in the Ba’ath party. And she liked everything about him from the start. His blue silk suit. His golden eyes." The women left in the wake of eight of modern history's worst despots.
Author: Shawn Wen
Source: n+1
Published: Oct. 17, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2834 words)
Canadian Mining's Dark Heart
For one Canadian mining company, measuring the real price of gold requires counting environmental destruction and large scale sexual violence against women.
Source: The Walrus
Published: Oct. 24, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7515 words)
The Way We Walk: A Reading List
In the following essays, Antonia Malachik discusses the cultural implications of our aversion to walking; Garnette Cadogan relates how his walks are coded by his skin color, depending on where in the world he is; Adee Braun praises the New York eat-and-walk, and more.
Author: Emily Perper
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct. 24, 2016
The Love of a Thousand Muskoxen: Grieving a Love Lost to Time and Sickness
Years after spending a romantic month alone with a young photographer, Stephanie Land learns of his crippling chronic disease–and gets a glimpse of how much she meant to him.
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct. 24, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3488 words)
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our top stories of the week, as chosen by the editors at Longreads.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct. 21, 2016
Fear of a Feminist Future
Laurie Penny—whose feminist dystopian novel Everything Belongs to the Future was released this week—considers the alt right’s fear of women heroes in futuristic literature and film, not to mention real life.
Author: Laurie Penny
Source: The Baffler
Published: Oct. 17, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2797 words)
Miri Regev’s Culture War
A profile of Miri Regev, Israel’s brash, right-leaning minister of culture and sports. Regev is on a mission to uproot the country’s left-leaning, mostly Ashkenazi culturati to make more room for artists who share her Mizrahi (middle eastern Jewish) roots.
Published: Oct. 20, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5848 words)
This is Not My Beautiful House
Former Lucky Magazine editor and Girls of a Certain Age blogger Kim France reflects on the miscalculation that her life would be perfect, and her marriage would work, if she lived in the perfect Brooklyn Brownstone.
Author: Kim France
Source: Medium
Published: Oct. 18, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3634 words)
What Happened to Eastern Airlines Flight 980?
In 1985, Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 crashed into the side of a 21,112-foot mountain in Bolivia. No bodies were recovered at the crash site, and the plane's black box was never found. More than 30 years later, two friends from Boston organized an expedition to figure out what happened.
Source: Outside
Published: Oct. 18, 2016
Length: 29 minutes (7296 words)
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