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Best of 2014: 10 Most Popular Longreads Exclusives of the Year

This year, Longreads worked with a group of outstanding writers and publishers to produce original stories and exclusives that hadn’t been previously published online. It was all funded… 452 more words

Longreads

Depp and Desire

Back at the beginning of this year, the celebrity timetable that decrees what is going to be in our gossip columns and fill acres of newsprint and internet pages in any given week, reminded editors around the world that Kate Moss was having her fortieth birthday. 1,283 more words

Desire

Hollywood Cowardice: George Clooney on Sony and North Korea

EXCLUSIVE: As it begins to dawn on everyone in Hollywood the reality that Sony Pictures was the victim of a cyberterrorist act perpetrated by a hostile foreign nation… 2,676 more words

Sony Attack

How to Make (and Keep) a Traveler’s Hippocratic Oath

First, do no harm.

It’s an oath sworn by physicians and a pledge that every traveler should make as well. As guests in the places we visit the very least we can do is respect our hosts by not hurting their country or their people. 1,187 more words

Ethics

What Made "Serial" Work

ALERT WARNING ALERT: Spoilers from the last episode of “Serial” below. STOP NOW if you don’t want to know how it ends.

Here’s my Journalism 101 question about “ 766 more words

Journalism

Why All Research Findings are False

(Disclaimer: For those who have not seen this blog before, I must again point out that the views expressed here are those of the demonic Devil’s Neuroscientist, not those of the poor hapless Sam Schwarzkopf whose body I am possessing. 4,613 more words

Science

Theaters, Sony, and Paramount Cave to Cyberbullies, and Why That's Bad

In what can only be described as stupidity and cowardice, national theater chains including AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Cineplex, and eventually… 1,030 more words

Movies

The Programmer’s Dream

Programmers dream of new code.

We spend a good deal of our time working on code we didn’t write for software we didn’t create, much of which we believe is horribly written (or, at least, could be done much better). 306 more words

Programming

Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

Few things will make a cigar aficionado’s eyes dance more than a box of Cubans. I can’t say I’m really an aficionado, but when Jorge handed me a plastic bag with a wooden box in it, I knew what I was holding. 1,078 more words

Cuba

The Gothic Life and Times of Horace Walpole

Carrie Frye | Longreads | December 2014 | 16 minutes (4,064 words)

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As a child, Horace Walpole frequently heard it said of himself that surely he would die soon. 4,108 more words

History

Leigh Anne Tuohy, Racism, and the White Saviour Complex

Leigh Anne “That Nice Woman Sandra Bullock Played In The Blind Side” Tuohy recently posted the following picture and caption on her Facebook and Instagram accounts: 1,275 more words

Racism

How to Be a Ladyperson at the Holidays: 10 Important Tips

Straight from the ad pages of your favorite magazines, here’s your guide to being a girl in December. Take notes.

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1. Stay cozy. 706 more words

Humor

Dear The Toast and The Butter: Please Fix Your Rights Grab (UPDATE: They Did)

(UPDATE: The Toast and The Butter are indeed revamping their contracts; details at the bottom of the original entry.)

Writer Beware has posted a heads up… 1,168 more words

Writing

Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014. 1,472 more words

Best Of 2014

This Is Still Our Sydney

It’s Monday morning and I’m running late. Walking late. It’s twenty minutes to ten when I turn left from Phillip St into Martin Place.

I don’t look at the Lindt cafe as I pass. 1,022 more words

Australia

Writing and Reading, Democracy and Despotism

Two writers, two talks, two beautifully-expressed arguments about the writer and his or her responsibilities, to the reader, to the craft, to the world. The first is a talk that Philip Pullman gave at the World Humanist Congress in Oxford this summer. 836 more words

Writing

Race in America, and a Family's Nightmare

Rilla Askew | 2014 | 21 minutes (5,065 words)

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When my godson Trey was a toddler growing up in Brooklyn, every white woman who saw him fell in love with him. 5,254 more words

Race

Strange Birds: On Reading Fairy Tales

When I was a little girl, once I actually started reading (which, for me, took a while; longer than most), I read fairy tales. Lots and lots and lots of fairy tales. 1,348 more words

Reading

I'll Ride With You

You know, every time I hear that some idiot has gotten hold of a gun and committed unspeakable crimes I brace myself for the almost inevitable revelation that he or she was “mentally ill.” 708 more words

Sydney Siege

Disabled Parenting, Buses, and The Brady Bunch

We’ve circled the car park three times and still can’t find a space. Occasionally we are fooled into believing we’ve found a space only to then realise a Smart car has been furtively hiding behind a larger car. 1,392 more words

Disability

Paper Allegories

AREAS OF FOG #37 by Will Dowd

Paper Allegories

The nights were cold this week, and so were the days; the sun, when it appeared, flashed like a coin at the bottom of a well, and the rain fell whenever it felt like it. 663 more words

Literature

In Tepid Defense of the Man Who Threatened to Sue a Chinese Restaurant Over $4

[The New Republic has now posted a version of this piece.]

By now even Ben Edelman thinks Ben Edelman is an asshole, but I want to defend him on one point. 1,043 more words

Ethics

The Tyranny of the Bucket List

My alarm went off at 3.30am. I got dressed and went out and tagged along with the procession of half-asleep travellers crowded into tuk-tuks or furiously pedalling unlit hire bikes through the crepuscular gloom.   581 more words

Travel

Pura Vida, or Reflections on “The Good Life”

by Vanessa Blakeslee

Since 2008, the year I originally wrote this essay as part of my application for the Gift of Freedom Award, the conversation about the challenges women writers face in the literary arts has only grown more heated—the VIDA count revealing women writers getting published and reviewed at disproportionate numbers compared to male authors, women stepping forward and sharing their personal stories about misogyny, abuse, even rape. 2,018 more words

Writing

Alehouse Characters: The Good Fellowette

Mark Hailwood

This is the fourth post in a series to mark the publication of my new book, Alehouses and Good Fellowship in Early Modern England… 936 more words

History

Your Pit Bull

Dear River,

I want to tell you a story about your dog, Zoe. We found her cowering at the pound. She wasn’t barking like the other dogs. 777 more words

Stereotypes

Rolling Stone, Serial, and the Advantages of Uncertainty

Gerry Spence’s How to Argue and Win Every Time—which I read when I was 13 and remember as vividly as other kids remember To Kill a Mockingbird… 666 more words

Reporting