The City I Love is Destroying Itself

In an interview illustrated with gifs created by the author, Nicole Antebi talks with historian David Dorado Romo about the fight to preserve the oldest barrio in El Paso from the City itself.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 16, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,438 words)

The Lasting Effects of the Lolita Complex

In this critical essay, Lacy Warner examines the downward turn of actress Dominique Swain’s career, and how the trouble began the moment she grew up.

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 16, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,431 words)

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

A New York Times investigation into the questionable ways Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, and Sheryl Sandberg, its Chief Operating Officer, have worked to contain and distract from the company’s biggest scandals, including reports of Russian Facebook accounts influencing the 2016 presidential election, inappropriate data mining and sharing, and the platform having no actionable policy against hate speech.

Published: Nov 14, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,222 words)

Quitting Instagram: She’s One of the Millions Disillusioned With Social Media. But She Also Helped Create It.

For many early users, Insta has lost its intimacy and been co-opted by celebrities and other brand-builders. It also conflicts with their values. Is the end near?

Source: Washington Post
Published: Nov 13, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,034 words)

Longer Than The Song Of A Whip-Poor-Will

As a series of strokes robbed Michael Graff’s dad of his mobility and his mental faculties, Graff looks at what it means to hope and what it means to love, finding them in things that are common and simple, in the clarity of a beautiful lyric, the call of a whip-poor-will, and a last loving embrace.

Source: Oxford American
Published: Nov 12, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,228 words)

Three Feet From God: An Oral History of Nirvana ‘Unplugged’

Twenty-five years ago, Nirvana turned down their amps and played the most memorable, original, and tender performance of their career. Here’s how history was made.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Nov 14, 2018
Length: 35 minutes (8,958 words)

Tales From the Warhol Factory

An oral history of Andy’s legendary, troubled group work and gallery space, which one painter called “a medieval court of lunatics.”

Published: Nov 12, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,205 words)

Re: Hate Mail

Upon receiving a deluge of menacing emails, Amy Kurzweil wonders: can she really extend a writer’s empathy to the dangerous demands of men on the internet?

Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 14, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,322 words)

46 Minutes With Barbara Lee

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee speaks to Rebecca Traister about her dissent on Iraq 17 years ago and her campaign to become chair of the House Democratic Caucus, the Democratic party’s number five leadership role.

Source: The Cut
Published: Nov 11, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,403 words)

LeBron James and the Infinite Melancholy

“It had something to do with how a silly game premised around a fickle relationship between ball and rim fits into the larger story of the universe and how the love of that game is a joy about as dark and dangerous as any and all love should be.”

Source: Iowa Review
Published: Mar 1, 2018
Length: 28 minutes (7,077 words)