David Bowie, 1947-2016

The legendary musician died on Sunday of cancer. At the Awl, Alex Balk writes: “If you are under the age of 40 you live in a world he helped make, whether you’re aware of it or not. His importance transcends his work in a way that only a few other artists of his generation can claim.” Here are six stories about the rock star who left a mark on music, fashion, and art.

Author: Mike Dang
Source: Longreads
Published: Jan 11, 2016

A Moment of Zen: Seven Stories Looking Back at Jon Stewart’s Fake-News Legacy

Here are seven stories looking back at how Stewart became the most influential fake-news anchor in the history of television.

Author: Mike Dang
Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 6, 2015

Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 8

We’re back with a new collection of our favorite stories from across all of WordPress, featuring writers like Hannah Richell, Adrian Chen, Eli Saslow, Kate Pickert, and more.

Author: Mike Dang
Source: Longreads
Published: Nov 5, 2014

Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 6

10 of our favorite stories from all across WordPress, featuring The Kenyon Review, Tablet, The Aerogram, Sportsnet, Los Angeles Magazine, School for Birds, and more.

Author: Mike Dang
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 8, 2014

Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 4

Here are 10 of our favorite stories right now from Gangrey, The Hairpin, Carrying the Gun, The Washington Post, Slice Magazine, and more.

Author: Mike Dang
Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 3, 2014

‘Must Be Hard to Live on That’: A Labor Day Reading List

Five stories from the labor movement, and from workers just looking for a better opportunity for themselves.

Author: Mike Dang
Source: Longreads
Published: Sep 1, 2014

‘Yours Lovingly’: A Reading List About Letters and Pen Pals

A young woman exchanges letters with a Hollywood director and writer. A man writes to a convicted killer. Fan letters to a troubled country star. Here are six stories about the letters we write to one another.

Author: Mike Dang
Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 27, 2014

Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 2

Here are 10 of our favorite stories right now from Autostraddle, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Toast, Walrus Magazine, and more.

Author: Mike Dang
Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 23, 2014

Dying With Dignity: A Reading List About the Right-to-Die Debate

Should patients suffering from terminal illnesses and unbearable pain be able to make the decision to end their lives? Helping the terminally ill end their lives is illegal in all but five states in the U.S. Here, five stories looking at the right-to-die debate.

Author: Mike Dang
Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 15, 2014

Our Childhood Heroes: A Reading List

Stories about Bill Watterson, Kerri Strug, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mr. Rogers, Wayne Gretzky, and more.

Author: Mike Dang
Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 25, 2014