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‘Mango, Mango!’ A Family, a Fruit Stand, and Survival on $4.50 a Day

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Eye-opening new Longreads Exclusive from our friends at Orion Magazine. Welcome to the Walmart of Nicaragua.

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

Douglas Haynes | Orion | Summer 2014 | 22 minutes (5,391 words)

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“It’s like this here every day,” Dayani Baldelomar Bustos tells me as her dark eyes scan the packed alley for an opening. People carrying baskets of produce on their heads press against our backs.

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Here I Go Again On My Own

Mark Armstrong:

The Back to Blogging Movement.

Originally posted on Elizabeth Spiers:

Inspired by Lockhart Steele’s return to personal blogging, I’ve decided to give it a shot myself–with the caveat that if this ends up being Not Fun after 30 days, I will go back to Not Blogging. I haven’t really blogged on a regular basis since I left Gawker in 2003 and having to do 12 posts a day (and seven days a week, originally) burned me out pretty badly.

But now I’m at the opposite end of the continuum; I’m usually working on one or two long-form writing projects, but not very much writing gets done in public otherwise. And there are things about blogging that I miss. I like consistently writing for an audience and getting feedback. It helps me work out my arguments and thoughts about various issues and clarifies muddy thinking.

And I miss being able to engage other people online in discussions that are actually…

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The New Yorker’s Ferguson Cover

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Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

Above is the cover of next week’s New Yorker, by Eric Drooker. In an interview about the work, Drooker says: “The police shooting of Michael Brown resonates on a personal level with me. An artist friend of mine was killed by a cop in lower Manhattan, back in 1991. He happened to be black, and the police officer was never indicted.”

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

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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

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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

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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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