The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Casey Newton, William Langewiesche, Sarah Miller, Hafizah Geter, and Shannon Keating.

This week, we’re sharing stories from Casey Newton, William Langewiesche, Sarah Miller, Hafizah Geter, and Shannon Keating.

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1. Bodies in Seats

Casey Newton | The Verge | June 19, 2019 | 26 minutes (6,712 words)

“At Facebook’s worst-performing content moderation site in North America, one contractor has died, and others say they fear for their lives.” (Content warning: this article and the accompanying video describe harm to children and animals in detail.)

2. What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane

William Langewiesche | The Atlantic | June 17, 2019 | 40 minutes (10,042 words)

“Five years ago, the flight vanished into the Indian Ocean. Officials on land know more about why than they dare to say.”

3. The Best Abortion Ever

Sarah Miller | The Cut | June 19, 2019 | 9 minutes (2,277 words)

“It lasted about ten seconds. I was just about to say, ‘This really hurts,’ when, suddenly, it didn’t hurt anymore, and the doctor was snapping off her gloves.”

4. The Optics of Opportunity

Hafizah Geter | Gay Magazine | June 19, 2019 | 11 minutes (2,989 words)

Hafizah Geter sets the record straight on outrageous displays of racism and white privilege in a literary fellowship she took part in, after The New Yorker frames the story “as a quirky tale of wealth and nepotism.”

5. Going Overboard

Shannon Keating | BuzzFeed | June 18, 2019 | 45 minutes (11,271 words)

“I didn’t expect that spending a few days with a couple thousand lesbians on a floating hotel/casino/mall/amusement park would push me to radically reconsider the future I’d been carefully and painstakingly planning for myself.”