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The Case for Reparations

And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free…
LENGTH: 63 minutes (15775 words)


Sixteen Tuesday, September 8, 7 AM: Just seven days to go. I awake in my apartment  in New Orleans, relieved to find no online indication of anyone wise to my location. Aside from…
LENGTH: 3 minutes (823 words)

Murder by Craigslist

Inset: Victim Timothy Kern with his sons Nick and Zach around 2001 (Courtesy of the Kern family). Large photo: Zach and Nick today (Gregg Ruffing). Wanted: Caretaker For Farm. Simply watch over a 688…
PUBLISHED: Aug. 14, 2013
LENGTH: 38 minutes (9667 words)

A Life-or-Death Situation

A Right to Die, a Will to Live: As a bioethicist, Peggy Battin fought for the right of people to end their own lives. After her husband’s cycling accident, her field of study turned unbearably…
PUBLISHED: July 17, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (750 words)

Operation Easter

On the afternoon of May 31, 2011, Charlie Everitt, an investigator for the National Wildlife Crime Unit in Edinburgh, Scotland, received an urgent call from a colleague in the Northern Constabulary,…
PUBLISHED: July 22, 2013
LENGTH: 30 minutes (7560 words)

65% of Stories Shared on #Longreads Started on Paper — What I Learned Building…

Recently, media people have returned to talking about our love or hate of the following phrases: “Is ‘Snow Fall’ the future of journalism on the web?” and “Can the…
PUBLISHED: May 23, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (596 words)

Which Long Magazine Profiles of Aaron Swartz Should You Bother to Read?

Both the New Yorker and The Atlantic published long stories about the late 26-year-old computer whiz Aaron Swartz today. These join lengthy profiles from New York, Rolling Stone, Slate, The Verge and…
PUBLISHED: March 4, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (817 words)

Life Inside the Aaron Swartz Investigation

A reluctant witness's account of a Federal prosecution. If you haven't been following the case, start with the editor's note for context. Quinn Norton's grand jury subpoena (Quinn Norton). Once your…
PUBLISHED: March 3, 2013
LENGTH: 35 minutes (8797 words)

Death by Chamomile? The Alimentary End of Henry Granville Naimbana - Vol. 1, No. 1

“Red Ocean,” Emily Davis Adams On a ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Henry Granville Naimbana lay dying. It was July of 1793, and the vessel the Naimbana was wending its way…
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2097 words)