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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Jessica Schulberg, Patrick Strickland, Shanna B. Tiayon, Sarah Berns, and Madeleine Aggeler. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. Kip Kinkel Is Ready to Talk Jessica Schulberg | HuffPost | June 13, 2021 | 15,200 words “At 15, he shot and killed his parents, two classmates at his school,...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Jesse Eisinger, Jeff Ernsthausen, and Paul Kiel, Arno Kopecky, Isaac Würmann, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, and Laura Spinney. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax Jesse Eisinger, Jeff...

Nelly the Elephant Packed Her Trunk … and Went on the Run

Yvonne and George Kludsky grew up as part of circus royalty – fourth- and sixth-generation circus performers respectively. In the big top heyday of the ’50s and ’60s, circus animals were viewed as exciting and glamorous. Things are now very different. Reduced to one elephant named Dumba, keeping her has meant that animal rights activists have been “making...

‘What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?’

This is an excerpt from The Atavist‘s issue no. 115, “The Snitch,” by Jordan Michael Smith. Jordan Michael Smith | The Atavist | May 2021 | 5 minutes (1,356 words)   CHAPTER 1 Carle Schlaff wanted more out of his job. As an FBI agent, he’d spent more than ten years working low-level drug cases in the bureau’s Denver office. He eventually moved up...

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Victor Luckerson, Tristin Hopper, John Drescher, Steve Shorney, and Pamela Petro. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. 1. The Women Who Preserved the Story of the Tulsa Race Massacre Victor Luckerson | The New Yorker | May 28, 2021 | 2,882 words “Today, the work done by Parrish in the...

Zoom Towns — Where Tourists Never Leave

For many, the pandemic has meant barely shuffling from the kitchen to the sofa — but for some people, it’s been an opportunity to move their sofa to a completely different town. With many jobs shifting online, working from home via Zoom has meant no longer being tied to a particular place, so now, as Rachel Levin explains in her article for Outside,...

‘Every Single Person Migrating Has a Story’: Caitlin Dwyer on the Emotional Underlayers of Family Separation

For couples and families separated by borders, financial circumstances, and national policies beyond their control, their relationships remain in limbo. As people spend months and often many years physically apart — not knowing when or if they’ll see their loved ones again — love can take on a new shape: It might evolve into pain, or defiance, or patience....

Even the Steam Had a Shadow

Natasha Pulley | The Kingdoms | May 2021 | 1516 words (6 minutes) *** 1 Londres, 1898 (ninety-three years after Trafalgar) Most people have trouble recalling their first memory, because they have to stretch for it, like trying to touch their toes; but Joe didn’t. This was because it was a memory formed a week after his forty-third birthday. He...

‘The City Just Lied’: Remembering the 1921 Tulsa Massacre

This Memorial Day marks the centennial of one of the worst instances of racist violence in U.S. history. On May 31, 1921, white mobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma, launched a campaign of terror in Greenwood, a prosperous African-American neighborhood nicknamed “Black Wall Street.” The spark of the violence was ugly, and all too familiar: the lie that a white woman...

The Lies Told to Speak to a Princess

It was 26 years ago, but I vividly remember the night Princess Diana gave an interview to BBC journalist Martin Bashir. I was allowed to stay up late to watch it — after my parents deemed it a “historical moment.” So I, along with 23 million other Brits (probably not all in paw print pajamas), watched, aghast, as a wide-eyed Princess Diana gave her...

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