The Great Unsolved Mystery of Missing Marjorie West

Eighty years ago, four-year-old Marjorie West went missing from a park in Pennsylvania. As one of our country’s oldest unsolved cases, theories still abound – did a she-bear take her? A wildman? Is she still alive?

Source: Narratively
Published: May 8, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,500 words)

Why Revolutionaries Love Spicy Food

To early Chinese Communists, if you couldn’t stand spicy food, you weren’t equipped to fight for the revolution. Science suggests this association between strength, risk and Maoists might have to do with the chemical interactions between the chili pepper, culture and certain personality types.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Jul 5, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,073 words)

This Man Is An Island

A profile of renovator and land developer David Wolkowsky, age 98, whose particular brand of charm, philanthropy, joie de vivre, and camp has permanently shaped Key West, Florida’s unique allure.

Published: Jul 10, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,839 words)

One Man’s Mission to Bring Better Ramen to the Incarcerated

Instant ramen is one of the most popular items in prison commissaries, where food runs from awful to inedible, but the ramen is dangerously high in sodium. To save inmates from dietary issues and help the government save money on health care, one man has designed a low-sodium alternative. Time in prison showed him the way.

Source: The Outline
Published: Jun 29, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,361 words)

The Country Where Fútbol Comes First

Uruguay, a small nation with a deep-seated passion for soccer, is the inspiration for any underdog vying to win a World Cup.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 10, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,824 words)

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Debt to Me

M.H. Miller shares his family’s story of financial collapse and explores the crippling effects of long-term debt.

Source: The Baffler
Published: Jul 2, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,818 words)

Where are the Radical Politics of Cyberpunk?

As the long-anticipated video game Cyberpunk 2077 looms on the horizon (or begins to, at least) Cameron Kunzelman writes about how the politics of the cyberpunk genre are in its aesthetics, and considers what exactly it is those politics are.

Source: Waypoint
Published: Jul 6, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,809 words)

Are Great Chefs Also Great Artists?

A Ghirlandaio painting and an Eric Ripert entrée are closer cousins than you might think.

Source: Taste
Published: Jun 25, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,073 words)

My Brother Comes to Moscow

An excerpt from Keith Gessen’s new novel, A Terrible Country, in which two very different brothers argue over the care of their aging grandmother. “We had had many arguments, but he was my brother; he had always been my brother.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 10, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,369 words)

Gone Gray

In the first essay in Longreads’ new “Fine Lines” series on age and aging, Jessica Berger Gross reflects on what letting her roots grow in at age 45 has meant, in terms of feminism and resistance.

Source: Longreads
Published: Jul 10, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,335 words)