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Laurie Penny | Longreads | November 2017 | 12 minutes (3,175 words)
Men, get ready to be uncomfortable for a while. While forgiveness may come one day, it won’t be soon. (At nearly half a million views, this is the most popular piece ever published on Longreads.)
Adam Greenfield | Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life | Verso | June 2017 | 27 minutes (7,433 words)
Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life, digesting many longstanding spaces and rituals, and transforming others beyond recognition.
Laurie Penny | Longreads | September 2017 | 15 minutes (4,185 words)
Laurie Penny wants a new conversation about women, men, consent, desire, and autonomy.
A.N. Devers | Longreads | December 2017 | 26 minutes (6,577 words)
After taking over from George Plimpton, Brigid Hughes was pushed out as the editor of The Paris Review and omitted from the magazine’s history.
Finn Murphy| The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road | W. W. Norton & Company | June 2017 | 22 minutes (5,883 words)
On the beauty and burdens of the long haul.
Melissa Chadburn | Longreads | December 2017 | 12 minutes (3,090 words)
Melissa Chadburn goes undercover as a temp worker.
Amelia Urry | Longreads and Grist | August 2017 | (3,139 words)
A family tried to build its own sustainable paradise in Hawaii. Then Tesla’s batteries came to town.
Alex Difrancesco | Longreads | April 2017 | 8 minutes (2,070 words)
For Alex DiFrancesco, coming out as transgender — even to themself — wasn’t possible without first disappearing.
Sam Riches | Longreads and Food & Wine Magazine | March 2017 | 14 minutes (3,489 words)
How a difficult to obtain American double IPA brewed in a small town in Vermont developed a worldwide cult following, with beer fans traveling hundreds of miles just to get a taste.
Christopher Finan | Drunks: An American History | Beacon Press | June 2017 | 28 minutes (7,526 words)
The alcohol epidemic devastated Native American communities, leading to crippling poverty, astonishingly high mortality rates — and a successful sobriety movement.
Adrian Daub | Longreads | August 2017 | 20 minutes (5,033 words)
On losing oneself in the geography of fantasy worlds, from Middle Earth to Westeros.
Justin Nobel | Longreads | July 2017 | 16 minutes (4,000 words)
Louisiana serves as a terrifying example of what can become of a state that shortchanges science and environmental regulations to boost industry and infrastructure.
Laurie Penny | Longreads | October 2017 | 13 minutes (3,709 words)
“He has demons.” The language of madness is the last resort for a society that can no longer deny the evidence of structural oppression and violence.
Candace Rose Rardon | Longreads | July 2017 | 10 minutes (2,882 words)
Sketch artist and writer Candace Rose Rardon tells the story of her search for home through the different teas she has discovered while traveling.
Philip Jett | The Death of an Heir | St. Martin’s Press | September 2017 | 27 minutes (7,489 words)
More than fifty years ago, one man tried to hold the Coors brewery CEO for ransom. Things went very badly.
Souad Mekhennet | I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad | Henry Holt & Company | June 2017 | 19 minutes (5,112 words)
Souad Mekhennet’s thrilling tale of late-night rendezvous, burner phones, and secret codes — and her quest to reveal the man in black.
Sarah Bregel | Longreads | November 2017 | 11 minutes (2,671 words)
In this personal essay, Sarah Bregel takes a close look at her marriage after two kids, and wonders, how hard is too hard to keep going?
Colin Dickey | Longreads | April 2017 | 12 minutes | 3000 words
The bureaucratic voice presents governments and corporations as placid, apologetic, and unmovable. It also makes their victims as active as possible.
Nicole Chung | Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America | September 2017 | 16 minutes (4,037 words)
Nicole Chung reflects on the burden of engaging with racism and educating white people, including some in her own family.
Josh Roiland | Longreads | February 2017 | 14 minutes (3,710 words)
Why would a tenure-track professor find himself selling his plasma to make rent? A story about debt in the academic world.
Carey Purcell | Longreads | October 2017 | 4280 words (16 minutes)
A fat person walking into a doctor’s office can expect lectures, condescension, and misdiagnoses from a medical culture that chalks every health issue up to weight.
Jack El-Hai | Longreads | November 2017 | 7 minutes (1,672 words)
How the world’s worst investor fleeced clients who couldn’t complain.
Laurie Penny | Longreads | December 2017 | 15 minutes (3,881 words)
“Freedom” is just another word for being under the thumb of a powerful white man — for now.
L. A. Kauffman | Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism | Verso Books | February 2017 | 33 minutes (8,883 words)
The most influential large-scale political action of the ’60s was actually in 1971, and you’ve never heard of it. It was called the Mayday action, and it provides invaluable lessons for today.
Michele Filgate | Longreads | October 2017 | 10 minutes (2,501 words)
Michele Filgate reflects on her teen years with an abusive stepfather and a mother whose silence protected him.