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Bringing Up Genius

With his daughters as the test subjects, Laszlo Polgár set out to prove that genius is made, not born. One daughter became the first woman ever to earn chess's grandmaster title, another the best female chess player of all time.

Author: Paul Voosen
Published: Nov. 8, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4532 words)
The Art of Being Tara Subkoff

Lynn Hirschberg profiles actress, designer, director and "operator" Tara Subkoff, and the results are not pretty.

Source: W
Published: Nov. 24, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2660 words)
The Biblical Rheology of Deep-Dish Pizza
A visit to Illinois—home to snow, slaughterhouse romance, and a fraught geology masquerading as pizza—courtesy of Matthew Gavin Frank’s brilliant new book, The Mad Feast.
Source: Liveright
Published: Nov. 24, 2015
Length: 11 minutes (2839 words)
On Pandering

"I wrote Battleborn for white men, toward them. If you hold the book to a certain light, you’ll see it as an exercise in self-hazing, a product of working-class madness, the female strain. So, natural then that Battleborn was well-received by the white male lit establishment: it was written for them." Claire Vaye Watkins, in Tin House.

Source: Tin House
Published: Nov. 23, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5132 words)
Who Gets a Public Defender?

In St. Louis, Missouri—where someone can qualify for food stamps but not a public defender—hundreds of the city's poorest are left without a lawyer.

Author: Steven Hsieh
Published: Nov. 18, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2679 words)
An Ode to du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca,’ by Rachel Pastan

“Sometimes a book that is wonderful and well-told and riveting is overlooked. I believe this is the case with Rachel Pastan’s Alena.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov. 22, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3709 words)
Celebrating the Trans Community: A Reading List
Every story is, of course, different, though the American media prizes a certain, clean-cut narrative of triumph over adversity. Trans is an umbrella term; it encompasses a variety of gender identities, a million stories.
Author: Emily Perper
Source: Longreads
Published: Nov. 22, 2015
Theological Scars

On losing faith in God at divinity school.

Author: Alana Massey
Source: Hazlitt
Published: Nov. 20, 2015
Length: 13 minutes (3326 words)
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring The New Yorker, Guernica Magazine, ESPN, New York Magazine, and Lenny.

Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Nov. 20, 2015
Forensic Pseudoscience

Are we fundamentally overestimating the scientific soundness of our forensic methods?

Published: Nov. 16, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2740 words)
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