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Barely There

Jennifer Baker | Longreads | March 2019 | 16 minutes (4,059 words)

Before things begin, Eliza and I share the normal pleasantries on the way to her room. 4,342 more words


Is It Ever Too Late to Pursue a Dream?

Matt Giles | Longreads | March 2019 | 28 minutes (6,730 words)

Dry heaves racked Dan Stoddard’s body as he bent his 6-foot-8, 325-plus-pound frame awkwardly over a toilet, shaking as he vomited up the Gatorade and other fluids he had consumed in an attempt to stave off dehydration. 7,136 more words


The Fertility Doctor's Secret Children

As a fertility doctor in Indiana in the ’80s, Donald Cline helped bring many children into the world, though no one knew he was donating his own sperm to the cause… 297 more words


The Power of a Neighborhood's Name

Sometime in the late 2000s, Google Maps started calling Buffalo, New York’s Fruit Belt neighborhood “Medical Park,” even though long-time residents didn’t call it that. Home to Buffalo’s black working class, Fruit Belt residents feared this digital erasure was part of the city’s attempt at rebranding in order to sell it out from under them. 242 more words


How the Guardian Went Digital

Alan Rusbridger | Breaking News | Farrar, Straus and Giroux | November 2018 | 31 minutes (6,239 words)

In 1993 some journalists began to be dimly aware of something clunkily referred to as “the information superhighway” but few had ever had reason to see it in action. 6,409 more words


Our Words Will Save Us and Set Us Free

Jackson Bliss | Longreads | March 2019 | 13 minutes (3,149 words)


In 2002, when I was living in Portland, Oregon, I got a call from a friend of a friend who worked for an immigration lawyer. 3,283 more words


A Rare Toy Heist, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

In the world of Star Wars memorabilia and toy collecting, one of the rarest collectibles is said to be a 1979 prototype action figure: a Boba “Rockett” Fett that came with a spring-loaded backpack that fired a plastic missile. 362 more words