The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring The New York Times, National Journal, New York Magazine, LA Weekly, and Curbed.

Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: July 31, 2015
Rivers We Destroy: A Reading List
Rivers are forces of nature, but over time, humans have learned to harness their power and change their course — often for the worse. Here are four stories on how humans have changed local and regional river systems, and the disastrous and sometimes deadly consequences.
Published: July 31, 2015
A Dream Undone
Why do Americans have less voting rights today than they did 50 years ago? Rutenberg examines how the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was passed to prevent the disenfranchisement of black Americans, has been gutted.
Published: July 29, 2015
Length: 43 minutes (10975 words)
Best of Enemies

Will intellectual combat ever top the televised 1968 debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley? New York Magazine's Jim Holt thinks not.

Author: Jim Holt
Published: July 26, 2015
Length: 10 minutes (2710 words)
Inside the Family Battle for the Newman’s Own Brand Name
The feud over Paul Newman's food empire and charitable foundation.
Author: Mark Seal
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: July 23, 2015
Length: 23 minutes (5928 words)
Warren Buffett’s Family Secretly Funded a Birth Control Revolution

How a Buffett family foundation quietly became the most influential supporter of research on IUDs, expanding access to the contraceptive and potentially changing the reproductive lives of millions of women.

Author: Karen Weise
Published: July 30, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4418 words)
The Wandering Years
Thoughts, observations, and reflections from the travel journals of Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Published: July 30, 2015
Length: 18 minutes (4685 words)

Moira Wegel on FitBit activity trackers and the nature of confession.

Author: Moira Weigel
Published: July 27, 2015
Length: 12 minutes (3140 words)
The Extraordinary Life of the First American to Join China's Communist Party

Sidney Rittenberg served in China as an army linguist in the 1940s. After his enlistment ended in he stayed in China, became a leader in the Cultural Revolution and spent 16 years in solitary confinement.

Source: The Week
Published: July 29, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5090 words)
The Perils of Writing About Your Own Family: A Conversation with George Hodgman

“Memoir is a total minefield, as you know. It’s best if you write the book and leave the country.”

Author: Sari Botton
Source: Longreads
Published: April 28, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3752 words)
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