“A young mother rents a house near Milwaukee. The previous tenant tells her, ‘Baby, they shouldn’t have let you move in.'”
An Icelandic Town Goes All Out to Save Baby Puffins
“Kids and senior citizens alike rally to rescue beloved young seabirds that have lost their bearings.”
The Forgotten History of the World’s First Trans Clinic
The Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin would be a century old if it hadn’t fallen victim to Nazi ideology.
What Happened to the Women Prisoners at Hickman’s Farms
“During the pandemic, in an unheard-of experiment, incarcerated women in Arizona were moved to a prison camp on a multimillion-dollar private farm, where hazardous, meagerly paid work changed their lives forever.”
‘One Billionaire at a Time’: Inside the Swiss Clinics Where the Super-Rich Go For Rehab
“For the ultra-wealthy and the super-famous, regular therapy won’t do.”
Meet the Superusers Behind IMDB, the Internet’s Favorite Movie Site
“Powered by obsessed film buffs, it’s a crowdsourced juggernaut that’s older than Google and Wikipedia. Now AI is threatening to steal the starring role.”
Her baby has a deadly diagnosis. Her Florida doctors refused an abortion.
“Florida abortion ban includes exception for fatal fetal abnormalities. But her doctors told her they could not act.”
Why Rewatching Titanic is Different Now
“Twenty-five years ago, the movie turned tragedy into romance. Today, that alchemy takes on a darker absurdity.”
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
This week we have stories by Dan Kois, Matt Gallagher, Marina Benjamin, Caleb Daniloff, and Vauhini Vara.
Florence Pugh’s Radical Self-Acceptance
“An extraordinary rise through a series of complicated, layered roles, and all the more impressive for an actor who has never studied professionally.”