“This Land”closes its print edition this month, capping seven years of extraordinary local journalism.
That Disney’s theme parks exist in stark economic contrast with their surroundings is no mystery. (See: Sean Baker’s 2017 film, The Florida Project.) But in this reported essay, Gaby Del Valle traces a long arc — from Roy and Walt Disney’s initial vision for Orlando, through the flawed development of nearby town Celebration, to newly […]
The Long Way Home
Earlier this year, journalist Martin Kuz spent five weeks in Ukraine, both as a reporter covering Russia’s invasion of his late father’s homeland and as a son hoping to better understand the forces that shaped his father’s life. He returned to Sacramento — home to the largest concentration of Ukrainian immigrants in the United States […]
Holiday Gift Guide: 8 Books We Excerpted on Longreads in 2021
A short list of books we loved (and featured) this year.
An Unseen World: A Reading List about Fermentation
Ferments are found in every culture and cuisine on earth, and the history of their production is deeply interwoven with our own.
The Fracking Lottery
“When I moved to Billtown, I worried most about whether fracking tainted groundwater. By the time I left the area, my biggest concern was whether the liberty granted to citizens to lease their land, or to otherwise act in ways that limits others’ access to environmental goods, taints democracy.”
Shamrocks Not Required: A Reading List on Modern Ireland
Eight stories to complicate your clichéd idea of Ireland.
Why Bumblebees Love Cats and Other Beautiful Relationships
On the wonders and benefits of natural relationships and what happens when humans meddle with the delicate balance between species.
Great American Wasteland
I am of that bit of earth. So I will not let it go. I show up in the small ways I can, which is talking to people, which is why I tell this to you.
Bones, Bones: How to Articulate a Whale
“I have sat inside her rib cage. And yet I know nothing about her.”