They Loved the Church. They Loved Each Other More.
In November 2015, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a change to the Mormon Handbook that would force LBGTQ members to choose between their religion and their sexuality: Those in “same-gender marriages or similar relationships” were now considered apostates. O’Neil tells the story of Garett Smith and Kyle Cranney, a couple who ultimately chose their devotion to each other over their commitment to the church—and who plan to marry in October.
Published: June 24, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3939 words)
What the Trucker Knows: A Checkup on the Card-Check Law
"How do you know when a Teamster is dead?" "The donut falls out of his hand." That's one of the oldest Teamster jokes — one of many I compiled years ago during the course of a lengthy investigation into union corruption and thuggery in Hollywood.
Published: June 23, 2009
Length: 5 minutes (1382 words)
Naked, Covered in Ram's Blood, Drinking a Coke, and Feeling Pretty Good
An exploration of the way other cultures treat depression:
And I said, “Oh! What an interesting idea. Well, um, yes, sure. Yeah, absolutely, yes, let’s do that. I’ll have an ndeup.”
“Oh, well, that’s great,” she said. And she gave us some fairly basic instructions, and then we left.
And my translator, the aforementioned then-girlfriend, now ex-wife of my friend, turned to me, and she said, “Are you completely crazy? Do you have any idea what you’re getting yourself into? You’re crazy. You’re totally crazy, but I’ll help you if you want.”
Published: March 1, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2580 words)
The Falling Man
Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day. #Sept11
Published: Sept. 1, 2003
Length: 29 minutes (7333 words)
Ryan Seacrest: 'Dark Lord of Hosts'
Napping is for mortals. The Angel of the Bottomless Pit has souls to harvest, a mission demanding as much science as art. Seacrest's voice -- full of wiseass pep -- has worked on radio for more than half his present incarnation, dating to his high school days in suburban Atlanta. It is not a versatile or interesting voice -- expunged of all traces of any but the most generic middle-American accent, it is the aural equivalent of a bag of fast-food fries -- but it is quick and, in a familiar sort of way, engaging.
Published: July 1, 2006
Length: 15 minutes (3902 words)
Mike Bloomberg Will Save Us from Ourselves If Only We Let Him
Mike Bloomberg has become important because he represents a great American dream, not the one about owning a home or becoming more successful than your father but the one beneath all of those, the foundational American dream — the dream of freedom from politics. Bloomberg is the ultimate independent, the calm modern technocrat rooted in metrics and cleansed of ideology, come to drain the swamps of government with his amazing modern business-management techniques ... unless he's actually just an old-fashioned autocrat looking down on us from above and tinkering with our lives like a science experiment, stripping our noisy polis of all its native poetry.
Published: Jan. 24, 2011
Length: 29 minutes (7356 words)
The First 3,650 Days
As we move into the next era of American history, let's take a moment to look back ten years and see how we got ourselves here — and discover the biggest thing we learned about ourselves
Published: Feb. 1, 2010
Length: 15 minutes (3818 words)
The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!
Now one of America's most legendary authors, Tom Wolfe broke out onto the national literary scene at age thirty-four with this breathless piece — an early step in the so-called New Journalism, a first reference for the term "good ol' boy," a deep breath into the future of the New South.
Published: March 1, 1965
Length: 121 minutes (30376 words)
An Extremely Awkward Encounter with Larry David
Over a bowl of soup with another older Jewish man, the Curb Your Enthusiasm auteur discusses the Seinfeld curse ("so annoying"), acting for Woody Allen ("very daunting"), and hitting his peak ("no one wants to see this old man on TV").
Published: July 28, 2009
Length: 5 minutes (1411 words)
The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our favorite stories of the week, featuring Esquire, The Atlantic, Wilson Quarterly, The New York Times, and Ozy.
Published: Sept. 18, 2015