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An American Girlhood in the Ozempic Era

Lisa Miller | The Cut | December 19, 2023 | 6,783 words

“Adults are divided about giving children new drugs for weight loss. At 13, Maggie Ervie decided to take them.”

The Juror Who Found Herself Guilty

Michael Hall | Texas Monthly | January 16, 2024 | 9,962 words

“‘If you didn’t do it, I would still be there.’ His voice was weak with emotion.”

The Work of the Witness

Sarah Aziza | Jewish Currents | January 12, 2024 | 2,587 words

“Three months into a livestreamed genocide, we must ask—what does all this looking do?”

To Own the Future, Read Shakespeare

Paul Ford | Wired | January 2, 2024 | 1,182 words

“Tech and the liberal arts have always been at war. Don’t assume Silicon Valley will win.”

The Whale Who Went AWOL

Ferris Jabr | The New York Times Magazine | January 14, 2024 | 6,434 words

“Hvaldimir escaped captivity and became a global celebrity. Now, no one can agree about what to do with him.”

The Unending Quest To Build A Better Chicken

Boyce Upholt | Noema | December 19, 2023 | 3,954 words

“Maybe what we need is not just a new form of poultry farming but a complete revolution in how we relate to meat.”

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Recommending great reads from Zack Stanton, Bryce Upholt, Charlie Warzel, Emily Stoddard, and Laurence Gonzalez.

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we feature stories from Tom Scocca, Giles Harvey, Chris Walker, Krithika Varagur, and N.C. Happe.

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week features stories from Sabrina Imbler, Natan Last, Lulu Miller and John Megahan, Casey Cep, and David Grimm.

A Second Life for My Beloved Dog

Charlie Warzel | The Atlantic | January 5, 2024 | 1,500 words

“A simple iPhone feature unexpectedly changed how I grieved.”

A Knife Forged in Fire

Laurence Gonzales | Chicago Magazine | January 9, 2024 | 6,814 words

“All of human history would thereby be embodied in a single work of art.”

Flight Risk

Emily Stoddard | The Kenyon Review | Winter 2024 | 5,463 words

“Useful is another mask. It’s the one I have worn the longest. It’s the mask many try on after gifted, after emotional, after too much.”

The Perfect Webpage

Mia Sato | The Verge | January 8, 2024 | 5,821 words

“How the internet reshaped itself around Google’s search algorithms — and into a world where websites look the same.”

How to Love an Oyster

Brendan Borrell | Hakai Magazine | January 9, 2024 | 3,503 words

“The Pacific coast’s only native oyster is making a comeback, but it still needs a little help from its friends.”

The Scientist Using Bugs to Help Solve Murders

Jordan Michael Smith | Smithsonian Magazine | January 8, 2024 | 3,723 words

“Magni’s first idea was to test Di Muro’s clothes for the presence of plankton to partially verify his alibi.”

Invisible Ink: At the CIA’s Creative Writing Group

Johannes Lichtman | The Paris Review | January 9, 2024 | 2,502 words

“When an organization has, say, financed the overthrow of the government of Guatemala, you would think there might be a speaking fee.”


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