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Where the Spirit Meets the Bone: A Memoir by Lucinda Williams

Mark Armstrong:

New Member Pick! Lucinda Williams and Radio Silence.

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

Lucinda Williams, with Benjamin Hedin  | Radio Silence | March 2014 | 11 minutes (2,690 words)

Radio SilenceFor this week’s Longreads Member Pick, we are thrilled to share a first-time-ever memoir by the great Lucinda Williams from Radio Silence, a San Francisco-based magazine of literature and rock & roll. Subscribe, and download the free iOS app.

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The Believer Interview: Ice Cube

Mark Armstrong:

Great classic interview from The Believer.

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

Linda Saetre | The Believer | 2004 | 26 minutes (6,574 words)

The below interview is excerpted from The Believer’s new book, Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence: The Best of the Believer Music Interviews. Thanks to The Believer for sharing this with the Longreads community.

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‘Music Is a Mirror of What We’re Going Through, Not the Cause of What We’re Going Through. It’s a Reaction, It’s Our Only Weapon, It’s Our Only Way to Protect Ourselves, It’s Our Only Way to Fit, It’s Our Only Way to Get There.’

Before rap music, New York might as well have been:




A thousand miles away from a thirteen-year-old Ice Cube

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Once upon a time, the name Ice Cube was analogous to explicit lyrics, guns, women as “bitches,” South Central, and attitude. Bad attitude. Not to mention mind-blowing rap music wrapped in…

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Call It Rape

Mark Armstrong:

Read this.

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

Margot Singer | The Normal School | 2012 | 23 minutes (5,683 words)

Thanks to Margot Singer and The Normal School for sharing this essay with the Longreads community.

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Still life with man and gun

Three girls are smoking on the back porch of their high school dorm. It’s near midnight on a Saturday in early autumn, the leaves not yet fallen, the darkness thick. A man steps out of the woods. He is wearing a black ski mask, a hooded jacket, leather gloves. He has a gun. He tells the girls to follow him, that if they make a noise or run he’ll shoot. He makes them lie face down on the ground. He rapes first one and then the others. He walks away.

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Why Do So Many People Pretend to Be Native American?

Mark Armstrong:

Beyond excited to feature a new story from Oklahoma’s This Land Press, with an illustration from Kjell Reigstad.

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

Russell Cobb | This Land Press | August 2014 | 16 minutes (3,976 words)

This Land PressFor this week’s Longreads Member Pick, we are thrilled to share a brand new essay from Oklahoma’s This Land Press, just published in their August 2014 issue. This Land has been featured on Longreads often in the past—you can support them here.
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First Chapter: Dave Eggers' New Novel, 'Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?'

Mark Armstrong:

Here’s the first chapter from Dave Eggers’ new novel. And: You can now follow Longreads on WordPress.com. Do it now!

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

Dave Eggers | Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? | June 2014 | 23 minutes (5,800 words)


—I did it. You’re really here. An astronaut. Jesus.
—Who’s that?
—You probably have a headache. From the chloroform. —What? Where am I? Where is this place? Who the fuck are you?
—You don’t recognize me?
—What? No. What is this?

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Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 2

Mark Armstrong:

Here’s the latest installment of Longreads Best of WordPress, featuring The New Yorker, Guernica, The Toast, The Walrus, The Paris Review, and more of the best independent publishers in the world.

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.)

As a reminder: If you read or publish a story on WordPress that’s over 1,500 words, share it with us: just tag it #longreads on Twitter, or use the longreads tag on WordPress.com.

Before You Know It Something’s Over (Riese Bernard, Autostraddle)

On grieving after the loss of a parent at a young age:

My father died on November 14th, 1995, when I was 14. Every day since the day he died I am one day farther away from him than I was before. This is the truest thing about me. It is the most important and worst thing to ever happen to me. It is me. My father died when I…

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Mark Armstrong:

Put it on your calendars:

Originally posted on The Latest in Longform:

Join us at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley

With a keynote address by essayist Adam Gopnik, and panels featuring some of the top journalists in the country, this all-day event promises to be an extended, bracing conversation about the state of literary nonfiction.Under the direction of Constance Hale, this Cal conference gathers an audience of talented, veteran journalists, who will hear thoughts and advice from master writers, editors, and agents on the tradition and the edges of literary journalism. We will not just explore how to research and write great stories, but also where to publish them, and how to collaborate with agents and editors.

In addition to Gopnik’s keynote and various panels, there will also be lectures and practical workshops. (And, on on Sunday, November 9, we will offer “master classes” for an additional modest fee.) Sessions will ask big questions but will also…

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Themes for Longform Writers

Mark Armstrong:

Super handy! I am currently using Syntax.

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Many of the themes in our Theme Showcase are great for writing and reading longer articles and stories, from our classic default themes — including Twenty Fourteen and Twenty Twelve — to popular personal blogging themes like Ryu and Manifest

Last week, we shared ten of our favorite longreads across WordPress, and we hope you’ve taken some time to sit back and savor these longer pieces. Below, we’ve gathered some themes that work well with longform writing and offer a clean, enjoyable experience for your readers.


On Otium, Yale PhD student Sarah Constantin writes about mathematics, cognitive science, philosophy, and more. Aside from a colorful graphic header image, Sarah keeps her blog simple. You can click on the button on the left to open the menu and access her About page, but the site is minimal, which keeps the focus on her prose.

On Syntax, you’ll…

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10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic

Mark Armstrong:

Great advice from Sara Rosso.

Originally posted on When I Have Time by Sara Rosso:

4 years ago today I started working full-time for Automattic.

Four years seems like a lifetime, but it’s a pretty short time in my work history, and it’s been the most life-changing job so far for me. I’ve had years where I spent 40+% of my year away from my home base (with only two weeks off), and I told you how I almost stopped myself from applying and sabotaging my own success. Working at Automattic and working in a distributed team has changed how I will look at work and being productive for the rest of my life.

I wanted to share some of my own reflections, lessons, and scenes of working for a startup with an entirely distributed team for the past four years, in no particular order. Some may say Automattic is no longer a startup, though we just raised more funding, but 4 years ago when there…

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