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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)
"Why Him, Why Me?"
A tragic collision on a football field connects a high school linebacker with a former college running back, who experienced a similar tragedy 26 years prior.
Author: Eli Saslow
Source: ESPN
Published: Nov. 17, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5082 words)
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