"I made it to the park and headed back the way I’d come on Fulton. Soon enough, I was a few blocks from home. The light changed; I ran off the curb and onto the crosswalk. As I remember it, I heard the shouts before I felt the impact: Someone yelled “hey!” and a bright blue van hit my right side." —Mari Cohen for Jewish Currents
"Mukherjee, both a hematologist and an oncologist, transforms the stories hidden within our cells into massive, bestselling books that explore what it means to be human in a world where cells define all life." —Tracie White for Stanford Magazine
“Experts call #battery #recycling the most #polluting industry in the world … The market in #Africa is expected to grow to more than $6 billion within this decade”
“growing evidence that #Indian #lead #recycling companies are among the top polluters on the continent and are #poisoning nearby communities”
“Corporations from #Spain, #Ireland, and the #UnitedStates fuel the toxic ecosystem”
“No amount of #lead is safe for humans” https://grist.org/accountability/indian-companies-are-bringing-the-worlds-most-polluting-industry-to-africa-people-are-getting-sick/ #India #Modi #Bhopal #longreads
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"Romeo approaches the electrified fence, lovestruck. What light through yonder fence breaks? It is the east, and Carolyn and Kyle Carr are the sun." —Lauren Larson for Texas Monthly
"His specific obsession with Bigfoot began when he was a kid, more than 50 years ago. In fact, it was right around the time his father disappeared."
Read an excerpt from the new Atavist Magazine issue about a father's disappearance, by Katya Cengel: https://longreads.com/2023/12/04/the-truth-is-out-there-father-disappearance-family-secrets-bigfoot-atavist-magazine/
"There are so many things she still wants to smell: Coffee. Motor oil and popcorn. A baby, even if it isn’t hers."
For The Tampa Bay Times, Lane DeGregory shares a fascinating account of a Florida woman who's regained some sense of smell after 35 years: https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2023/11/30/regain-lost-sense-smell-florida-anosmia
"This AI system, as described by a former intelligence officer, essentially facilitates a 'mass assassination factory.'"
For online magazine +972, Yuval Abraham reports on Israel’s military strategy in Gaza: https://www.972mag.com/mass-assassination-factory-israel-calculated-bombing-gaza/
“Toxic ideas around success muddy up the narratives we tell each other, and ourselves, about what we do and why we do it.”
Next up in our Best of 2023 series: Reading Lists! Check out these recommendations for some great #longreads.
"'I thought it was very straightforward,' Moyes says. 'You have bad science, a jailhouse snitch, an arson dog—all those things that can be challenged because they’re just wrong.'” —Robert Sanchez for 5280 Magazine https://www.5280.com/did-bad-fire-science-send-tim-and-deb-nicholls-to-prison/
"In those hours, the job became a series of keystrokes, and she began to feel more like a censor than a librarian."
For The Washington Post, Ruby Cramer recounts a Florida librarian's last day of work at her high school library: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/interactive/2023/florida-book-bans-school-rules
"Her solution to the artistic challenge of playing a Nazi was to withhold her own humanity from the character."
For The New Yorker, Rebecca Mead profiles German actress Sandra Hüller: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2023/12/04/how-to-play-a-nazi
"She has tried hard over the years to forge an existence outside her identity as Kip Kinkel’s sister, but being related to Kip has complicated her life in ways she could not have imagined."
For The New Yorker, Jennifer Gonnerman spends time with Kristin Kinkel, the older sister of a school shooter, 25 years after the tragedy: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2023/12/04/what-happens-to-a-school-shooters-sister
"Tyrian purple was paraded by the most privileged in society for millennia—a symbol of strength, sovereignty and money. . . . Pliny the Elder described it as having a 'shining appearance when held up to the light.'"
For the #BBC, Zaria Gorvett offers a fascinating look at an ancient purple dye that was worth more than gold: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20231122-tyrian-purple-the-lost-ancient-pigment-that-was-more-valuable-than-gold
"The miniaturist sees everything. Said Kelly, when you make a miniature, 'It comes from a place of control. It’s almost like you’re a god.'"
For Esquire, Scott Huler dives into the world of #miniatures: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a45847294/minatures-trend/
Wired: 'Rebel Moon' Director Zack Snyder on Violence, Loss, and Extreme Fandom https://www.wired.com/story/rebel-moon-director-zack-snyder-on-violence-loss-and-extreme-fandom/ #Tech #wired #TechNews #IT #Technology via @morganeogerbc #magazine-30.12/31.01 #TheBigInterview #Culture/Movies #BigInterview #Backchannel #longreads #hollywood #Culture #Movies #Film
"'A thief broke into our apartment in the middle of the night and shot my father. He was killed instantly.' Overcome by the violence of this image, I hit the switch on the power strip, and the screen went black."
For The New Yorker, Eren Orbey writes about researching his own father's murder: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2023/11/27/piecing-together-my-fathers-murder
"True-crime video has become San Francisco’s civic language, the common vocabulary of local TV news broadcasts, the acid punch line to a million social media posts." —Lauren Smiley for Wired
"Giving birth at 45 is rolling the dice. In my 30s, I believed in the promise of medical science’s overcoming many age-old biological hurdles, including the unforgiving female reproductive window. The stark reality is that aging is a hard stop that can’t be undone, only pressed against." —Grace Glassman for Slate
"Billionaires, or their equivalents, have been around a long time, but there’s something different about today’s tech titans, as evidenced by a rash of recent books. Reading about their apocalypse bunkers, vampiric longevity strategies, outlandish social media pronouncements, private space programmes and virtual world-building ambitions, it’s hard to remember they’re not actors in a reality series or characters from a new Avengers movie."
#longreads #books #capitalism
"The antics of the tech feudalists make for better science fiction stories than they chart legitimate paths to sustainable futures."
#LongReads #bezos #musk #technofeudalism
"My father rollerskated on the Cross-Bronx Expressway before it opened to car traffic. Born in 1953, he would have been seven or eight when New York City’s massive thoroughfare reached the peak of its construction, facilitated by the destruction of many tight-knit Bronx neighbourhoods." —Katie Mulkowsky for @aeon_co
"The toll of traumatic brain injuries and the mystery of how the brain repairs itself, or doesn’t, is still perplexing and under-researched." —Kelly Barnhill for New York Times
"What I know is that she has seen things I can only imagine, tanks stationed at palaces, churches converted to morgues, lines of mothers begging at shops for the last bottle of milk. She deserves all the ice cream she desires." —Terry Kirts for Ruby Literary Magazine
"On October 30, a hunter on horseback discovered Moore’s body. Standing nearby was a small white dog—it was Finney, and she was alive. When news trickled through the community that Finney had survived 72 days in the backcountry, she became an overnight superstar." —Frederick Dreier for Outside Magazine
Wired: Twitter’s Former Head of Trust and Safety Finally Breaks Her Silence https://www.wired.com/story/del-harvey-twitter-trust-and-safety-breaks-her-silence/ #Tech #wired #TechNews #IT #Technology via @morganeogerbc #Business/SocialMedia #TheBigInterview #disinformation #BigInterview #Backchannel #SocialMedia #longreads #Business #twitter #privacy
"While many of us face innumerable, sometimes insurmountable barriers to starting a family, a surplus of spare gametes haunt storage units. We need to find ways to repair this disconnect — to share this resource with care, compassion and consent." —Kate Barss for Maisonneuve
"One of them, 81-year-old ornithologist Dan Strickland, has removed his glove in the late-winter cold. He repeats a series of squeaks made by loudly kissing the back of his hand. Soon, several more jays arrive. In less than two minutes, the first wild bird perches on his hand." —Brian Payton for @hakaimagazine
Progressive activism, dwindling salmon, how Chicago protects birds from an untimely death, the future of the craft of coding, and a profile of an odious (and powerful) literary agent.
Read this week's #Top5 from #longreads:
"The computer, for once, had done what I’d told it to do. The words “Hello, world” appeared above my cursor, now in the computer’s own voice. It seemed as if an intelligence had woken up and introduced itself to me." —James Somers for The New Yorker
"What started out as indifference and apathy soon curdled into obstinance, willful ignorance and corruption. From the moment those women were found at Gilgo Beach, the law-enforcement culture of Suffolk County seemed so preternaturally ill suited to handle this case that a killer was allowed to roam free." —Robert Kolker for New York Times Magazine
"We blink past the obvious hypocrisy, drawn instead to that watchword training, deceptively neutral, the ostensible justification of a million liberal reforms, because who could argue against training? The police after all are like dogs: best when they obey. But obey what?" —Grace Glass and Sasha Tycko for n+1
"Andrew Wylie, the world’s most renowned – and for a long time its most reviled – literary agent, is 76 years old. Over the past four decades, he has reshaped the business of publishing in profound and, some say, insalubrious ways. He has been a champion of highbrow books and unabashed commerce, making many great writers famous and many famous writers rich." —Alex Blasdel for The Guardian Long Read
Wired: What Can Crypto Still Do for Black People? https://www.wired.com/story/what-can-crypto-still-do-for-black-people/ #Tech #wired #TechNews #IT #Technology via @morganeogerbc #Business/BlockchainandCryptocurrency #SamBankman-Fried #cryptocurrency #Backchannel #DeFiAllOdds #Blockchain #longreads #Business #bitcoin #crypto
"The desolation of loneliness, like the connected problems of substance abuse and depression, comes from the feeling that the experience—when one is in it—will never end." —Richard Deming for The Paris Review
"There’s something about losing yourself in a communal experience that’s immensely appealing in this age of virtual meetings and not-so-social media. We want to see the artists we love in person. We want to believe they’re singing directly to us." —A new reading list from Elizabeth Blackwell on the power of the pop concert.
Wired: The Mirai Confessions: Three Young Hackers Who Built a Web-Killing Monster Finally Tell Their Story https://www.wired.com/story/mirai-untold-story-three-young-hackers-web-killing-monster/ #Tech #wired #TechNews #IT #Technology via @morganeogerbc #Security/CyberattacksandHacks #magazine-31.12/32.01 #Ctrl+Alt+Delinquents #Backchannel #CoverStory #longreads #Security #blackhat #security #hacking #Crime
"But salmon are notoriously difficult to study. They spawn in fresh water, then spend most of their lives far out in the Pacific, an area dubbed the “black box” because it’s so vast and poorly understood." —Max Graham for @grist
Looking for some weekend reads? In today's #LongreadsTop5:
- Gaza diaries
- Turtle hunters
- The messiness of death
- A lighthouse keeper
- A legendary basketball coach
Head over to @longreads for our editors' recommendations: https://longreads.com/2023/11/10/the-top-5-longreads-of-the-week-491/?utm_source=mastodon&utm_medium=social&utm_content=t5-2023-11-10
NEW: Nigeria has reduced its gas flaring by a third since 2019. But that is a function of reduced oil production levels, not of any regulatory success.
Ekpali Saint speaks to Niger Delta residents who are bearing the brunt of environmental health impacts:
"Many of the anthropologists said the hardest part of the work is not handling the remains themselves but coming face-to-face with effects—the keepsakes, talismans, and handwritten lists of phone numbers that once represented the hope of a new life. " —Caroline Tracey for The Baffler
"Men assigned to islands deemed too dangerous for their families spoke of unbearable loneliness, exacerbated by the moan of the foghorn and the ceaseless crashing of the waves." — Dorothy Wickenden for The New Yorker
"Guidry asked him to estimate how many turtles weighing more than one hundred pounds he had caught in Toledo Bend. Without hesitation, Colo answered 'five hundred.'"
Sonia Smith weaves an engrossing true-crime story about a family that hunted alligator snapping turtles for decades: https://www.texasmonthly.com/true-crime/alligator-snapping-turtle-poaching/
"I thought idly, we could turn this city into a film set for war movies. Second World War films and end-of-the-world movies. We could hire it out to the best Hollywood directors. Doomsday on demand."
Atef Abu Saif for #WashingtonPost (subscription only): https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/10/30/gaza-diary-war-explosions-death-hospital-fear/
"African countries have a vital resource that aging societies are losing: a youthful population brimming with energy, ideas and creativity that will shape their future, and the world's."
For #NewYorkTimes, Declan Walsh reports on Africa's "youthquake": https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2023/10/28/world/africa/africa-youth-population.html