Rebecca Traister reads Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, and realizes that those at NBC who colluded to obstruct Farrow’s ground-breaking reporting on Harvey Weinstein remain in charge.
Darkness on the Edge of Cougartown
On the brink of 50, Sarah Miller makes peace with being 10 years older than her boyfriend, and stops wasting time wishing she were younger.
Editor’s Roundtable: Fans, ‘Grams and Installment Plans
Longreads editors discuss recent stories in Inc., The Cut, and The Baffler.
Dressing for a Wound: How My Body and I Reconciled After a Mastectomy
A personal essay in which Lisa Miller writes about coming to terms with her body, her image, and her personal style following a mastectomy and reconstruction.
Editor’s Roundtable: Escape the Podcast
Longreads editors discuss stories in Slate, The Cut, and The Goods by Vox.
Maybe It’s Lyme: What Happens When Illness Becomes an Identity?
Molly Fischer dives deep into the growing culture of “chronic Lyme,” a sort of wild West where a proliferation of unconventional approaches to diagnosis and treatment contradict the medical establishment’s contention that, despite some possible lasting symptoms, Lyme is not chronic; and where sufferers find identity and community.
How a Predator Operated in Plain Sight
Lisa Miller makes a compelling argument that the male-dominated sexual revolution of the ’70s and the group-think it engendered led to the silence and tacit acceptance around Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of girls and young women. “A generation of entrepreneurial and ‘brilliant’ men took the job of defining the ‘erotic’ for everyone else,” she writes, “without […]
Editor’s Roundtable: All Things Being Unequal (Podcast)
Longreads editors discuss stories in The Cut, Columbia Review of Journalism, The New York Times, and Pacific Standard.
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
This week, we’re sharing stories from E. Jean Carroll, Stephanie Clifford, Robert Macfarlane, Kathryn Miles, and Graphic Staff with Spencer Cliche.
In a stunning excerpt from her memoir, What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal, E. Jean Carroll recalls being sexually assaulted by numerous men, and outright raped in the mid-’90s in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room by Donald Trump.