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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Steve Stecklow, Lynn Johnson, Steven Hyden, Morgan Jerkins, and Chris McGreal.

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Brown Girl with Bubblegum

Lisa W. Rosenberg | Longreads | August 2018 | 11 minutes (2,676 words)


My fifth birthday was approaching, and I had one goal: to blow big, beautiful, pink bubbles out of real Bazooka bubble gum. 2,838 more words

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Twelve Longreads for Aretha Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin was born in a small house on Lucy Avenue in Memphis, south of where the Mississippi River borders the city, on March 25, 1942. 2,115 more words

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Convenience Store Woman

Sayaka Murata | Convenience Store Woman | Grove Press | June 2018 | 21 minutes (5,652 words)

A convenience store is a world of sound. From the tinkle of the door chime to the voices of TV celebrities advertising new products over the in-store cable network, to the calls of the store workers, the beeps of the barcode scanner, the rustle of customers picking up items and placing them in baskets, and the clacking of heels walking around the store. 5,905 more words

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A Girl's Guide to Missiles

Karen Piper | A Girl’s Guide to Missiles | Viking | August 2018 | 38 minutes (7,502 words)

Don’t touch any ordnance,” the guide said. “If you see any lying around. 7,917 more words

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On Not Being Able to Read

Tajja Isen | Longreads | August 2018 | 14 minutes (3,869 words)

They told me I wouldn’t be able to read anymore. That the pleasure of the text, like a lover in a non-law degree, would slowly grow opaque to me — if pleasure were something I even had time to consider. 3,967 more words

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Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

A few days ago I finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I can’t stop thinking about it or talking to people about it! 122 more words

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