Journey to the Center of the Earth

“Explorer stories—from Columbus to Shackleton to Neil Armstrong—are predominantly about white men seeking the edges of the known world. Where did she fit in?”

Source: Outside
Published: Dec 28, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,484 words)

Can Video Games Replace the Outdoors?

“Maybe not in our hearts, but certainly in our brains. Plus, they can make you love the indoors far too much—which is why there’s now a full-fledged, woodsy rehab center for joystick addicts who need a soothing pathway back to a normal life.”

Source: Outside
Published: Oct 8, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,676 words)

How Viagra Went From A Medical Mistake To A $3-Billion-Dollar-A-Year Industry

How a happy accident has gone on to make men happy the world over.

Source: Esquire
Published: Aug 21, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,298 words)

Scammers and Spammers: Inside Online Dating’s Sex Bot Con Job

Dating and hookup sites are filled with bots that convince real people into handing over their money.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Feb 1, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,067 words)

The Rise and Fall of a Bitcoin Kingpin

How Mark Karpeles forged an empire out of digital currency before becoming a suspect in a half-billion dollar heist.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Aug 27, 2015
Length: 14 minutes (3,650 words)

The White Devil Kingpin

How a white man from Boston rose through the ranks of Asian organized crime.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Feb 18, 2015
Length: 26 minutes (6,548 words)


James McGibney—a former marine and founder of website BullyVille—aims to stop the worst of the worst on the internet, but critics say he’s the real bully.

Published: Oct 7, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3,625 words)

The Masked Avengers

How the radical hacking collective Anonymous incited online vigilantism from Tunisia to Ferguson.

Source: The New Yorker
Published: Sep 8, 2014
Length: 36 minutes (9,058 words)

The Bones of Marianna, by David Kushner: Our Latest Longreads Member Pick

This week’s Longreads Member Pick is by David Kushner, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone whose work has been featured on Longreads often in the past. He has just published The Bones of Marianna, a new story from The Atavist, and we’re thrilled to give the ebook to Longreads Members.

Source: The Atavist
Published: Oct 31, 2013

The Geeks on the Front Lines

The U.S. government is increasingly facing cyber threats that could affect our national security and economy. As a result, the government is courting hackers for cyber security jobs, but needs to overhaul its image to lure young talent, who can easily find well paid jobs in Silicon Valley and private security firms:

“To get a sense of just how weak our cyberdefenses are, I take a trip with Jayson Street, Chief Chaos Coordinator for another firm, Krypton Security, into the basement of a hotel in South Beach. We breeze past an open door with a taped sign that reads, ‘Doors must be closed at all times!!!’ This is where the brains of the building live – the computer network, the alarm system, the hard drives of credit-card numbers – but, as Street tells a brawny security guard, he’s here on the job, ‘doing a Wi-Fi assessment.’ Street, a paunchy, 45-year-old Oklahoman in a black T-shirt and jeans, flashes the hulk some indecipherable graphs on his tablet and says, ‘We’re good,’ as he continues into another restricted room.

“The doors aren’t locked. No one seems to be monitoring the security cameras. The wires for the burglar-alarm system are exposed, ready for an intruder to snip. We make our way to the unmanned computer room, where, in seconds, Street could install malware to swipe every credit-card number coming through the system if he wanted to. ‘They’re like every other hotel I’ve tried to go into,’ he tells me. ‘They fail.'”

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: Sep 10, 2013
Length: 19 minutes (4,808 words)