Carr Fire
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This week, we’re sharing stories from Lizzie Johnson, Erica L. Green and Katie Benner, Jamie Lauren Keiles, Laurie Penny, and Jen Doll.

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1. 150 Minutes of Hell

Lizzie Johnson | San Francisco Chronicle | December 5, 2018 | 19 minutes (4,974 words)

A harrowing and heartbreaking reconstruction of a deadly fire tornado that tore through Redding, California during the Carr Fire earlier this summer. The fire killed eight people and ruined more than 1,000 homes.

2. Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality.

Erica L. Green, Katie Benner | The New York Times | November 30, 2018 | 22 minutes (5,690 words)

Ivy League schools love stories of underprivileged students overcoming all the odds to make it to the top, so that’s what T.M. Landry fed them — at the expense of the students themselves.

3. Reconsidering the Jewish American Princess

Jamie Lauren Keiles | Vox — The Goods | December 5, 2018 | 15 minutes (3,886 words)

A feature in which Jamie Lauren Keiles looks at the cultural history of the Jewish American Princess — and her own history of aspiring to be one.

4. Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto’s Nouveau Riche

Laurie Penny | Breaker | December 5, 2018 | 28 minutes (7,025 words)

“‘Being a woman in blockchain,’ she says, ‘is like riding a bicycle. Except the bicycle is on fire. And everything is on fire. And you are going to hell.’”

5. Life Lessons From the School of Phish

Jen Doll | Topic | December 4, 2018 | 28 minutes (7,064 words)

Jen Doll dives into the world of the band Phish and their followers, known as “phans.” She discovers a hippy-esque subculture of “you do you” people dedicated not only to a band renowned for live jams, but a shared appreciation for uninhibited drug consumption, joyful escapism, and making new Phish-following-friends at every show.