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Teach Yourself Italian

Jhumpa Lahiri on language, transformation, and learning to write in Italian.

Published: Nov. 30, 2015
Length: 19 minutes (4938 words)
Longreads Best of 2015: Here Are All of Our No. 1 Story Picks from This Year
All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2015. To get you ready, here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our weekly Top 5 email.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Dec. 1, 2015
The Race to Create Elon Musk's Hyperloop Heats Up

Two years after Musk sketched out his idea and gave it away, a handful of companies are vying to make it a reality.

Published: Dec. 1, 2015
Length: 13 minutes (3382 words)
Borders: A Reading List
"In this list, I stuck to geography: islands bursting out of the sea, a property feud gone horribly wrong, the billions of dollars backing border control in the American South, and the American South itself."
Author: Emily Perper
Source: Longreads
Published: Nov. 30, 2015
The Search

Mariette Williams was adopted from Haiti in 1986. Three decades later, she finds her birth family—and serious questions about Haitian adoptions.

Author: Ben Fox
Published: Nov. 27, 2015
Length: 12 minutes (3033 words)
The Ultimate Feel-Furious Movie About Wall Street
How director Adam McKay, best known for producing a series of "hugely popular bromantic comedies" with Will Ferrell, is making a comedy out of the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression.
Published: Nov. 29, 2015
Length: 25 minutes (6317 words)
The Life and Times of Strider Wolf

Sarah Schweitzer's moving story of a young boy and his brother, rescued from near-fatal abuse, now in the care of grandparents who have their own difficulties making things work.

Source: Boston Globe
Published: Nov. 30, 2015
Length: 26 minutes (6618 words)
John Hope Franklin: Race & the Meaning of America

Drew Gilpin Faust on the work of John Hope Franklin, who would have turned 100 this year. "Only if we understand and acknowledge this past can we grapple with the conflicts of the present and the promise of the future. 'To confront our past and see it for what it is.' Franklin’s words. The past 'is.' Not the past was. The past lives on."

Published: Nov. 30, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4482 words)
The Will of God
John Spong remembers his father, Will, an Episcopal priest, seminary professor, and grief counselor who helped people work through difficult times in their lives and left a lasting impact after his death.
Author: John Spong
Published: Nov. 20, 2015
Length: 30 minutes (7582 words)
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring Pacific Standard, Tin House, The New York Times, Pro Publica, and GQ.

Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Nov. 27, 2015
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