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)

The Plan to Sell Texas to Great Britain

When Texas was still an independent republic, abolitionist lawyer Stephen Pearl Andrews tried to sell Texas to Great Britain in order to free Texas’s slaves. The thing is, he had no authority to do so.

Source: JSTOR Daily
Published: Nov 7, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,526 words)

Everyone Believed Larry Nassar

They didn’t just believe him — they defended him. Why? Because he planned it that way, a long-term, insidious plan designed to give him unfettered access to girls.

Source: The Cut
Published: Nov 11, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,217 words)

Love Letters From the Battlefield

Separated by thousands of miles and the Second World War, author Harley Rustad’s grandparents maintained a correspondence spanning hundreds of letters over four years. As he traveled through Europe and North Africa commanding a tank troop in the 11th Canadian ­Armoured Regiment, Harry Mac­donald kept one of Jacquelyn Ruth Robinson’s letters — the one that kept him going, the one in which she said “yes.”

Source: The Walrus
Published: Nov 9, 2018