The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Nell Boeschenstein, Hannah Giorgis, David Davis, Chris Randle, and Kelly Conaboy.

This week, we’re sharing stories from Nell Boeschenstein, Hannah Giorgis, David Davis, Chris Randle, and Kelly Conaboy.

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1. A Few Words about Fake Breasts

Nell Boeschenstein | Granta | August 20, 2018 | 25 minutes (6,409 words)

Nell Boeschenstein, writing almost seven years after her prophylactic mastectomy, examines how breasts — whether real or fake, attached to or removed from their original owner — carry an overabundance of personal and cultural meaning.

2. How the ’90s Kinda World of ‘Living Single’ Lives on Today

Hannah Giorgis | The Atlantic | August 22, 2018 | 53 minutes (13,416 words)

An oral history of the groundbreaking hit show “Living Single.”

3. Sex, Steroids, and Arnold: The Story of the Gym that Shaped America

David Davis | Deadspin | August 21, 2018 | 42 minutes (10,642 words)

A sprawling oral history of Gold’s Gym recounts bodybuilding’s transformation from a small, niche scene to a mainstream cultural phenomenon (thanks, in no small part, to one entrepreneurial Austrian immigrant).

4. The State of the Bestiary Is Stable

Chris Randle | Hazlitt | August 22, 2018 | 13 minutes (3,455 words)

Through personal history, the history of a company, and the history of games writ large, Chris Randle explores the enduring appeal of Magic: The Gathering, the trading card game which has persisted in comic shops, convention centers, and basement rumpus rooms for twenty-five years.

5. Do Men Enter Bathtubs on Hands and Knees?

Kelly Conaboy | The Cut | August 21, 2018 | 9 minutes (2,428 words)

A BabyCenter message board post launches a writer into an investigation with hilarious results.