The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Irin Carmon, Joe Bernstein, Robert Sanchez, Amanda Feinman, and Lois Beckett.

This week, we’re sharing stories from Irin Carmon, Joe Bernstein, Robert Sanchez, Amanda Feinman, and Lois Beckett.

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1. What Was the Washington Post Afraid Of?

Irin Carmon | New York Magazine | April 1, 2019 | 18 minutes (4,735 words)

Irin Carmon and Amy Brittain were on the verge of publishing an investigation looking into sexual misconduct allegations against a powerful executive at CBS. But the Washington Post decided not to run the story. Carmon looks back at how an important story was killed.

2. A Sand County Photograph

Joe Bernstein | BuzzFeed News | April 2, 2019 | 30 minutes (7,700 words)

The intentions behind the Nazi salute photograph seen around the world were hardly as sinister as they first appeared. But in Trump and Twitter’s America, as one small Midwestern town discovered, image is everything.

3. “People outside this community know about us because of one moment in time.”

Robert Sanchez | 5280 Magazine | April 1, 2019 | 12 minutes (3,216 words)

The community of Columbine has rebuilt and redefined itself over the past 20 years since the high school massacre.

4. Here We Abandon All Destinations

Amanda Feinman | Guernica Magazine | March 28, 2019 | 9 minutes (2,267 words)

“For a school of drag to have liberated itself from binary rigidity is no small thing. The variety and fluidity here hint at larger trends within the art form, and have implications that reverberate beyond the drag world, too.”

5. Fifty Shades of White: The Long Fight Against Racism in Romance Novels

Lois Beckett | The Guardian | April 4, 2019 | 31 minutes (7,932 words)

“I’m writing to let you know how much I enjoyed Whispers of Love. It’s my first African American romance. I guess I might sound bigoted, but I never knew that black folks fall in love like white folks.”