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You Won’t Finish This Article

You Won’t Finish This Article | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
I’m going to keep this brief, because you’re not going to stick around for long. I’ve already lost a bunch of you. For every 161 people who landed on this page, about 61 of you—38 percent—are already gone.
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 You must read to the end. It's very funny. It's very true.

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Deathbed conversion? Never. Christopher Hitchens was defiant to the last | Nick Cohen

Deathbed conversion? Never. Christopher Hitchens was defiant to the last | Nick Cohen | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
There was no deathbed conversion to Christianity, despite the claims of a ‘strange, spiteful book’
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Hitchen's son : "(I) can assure you that there was no hint of any sort of conversion (as I’m sure you have already guessed)."
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Beyond The Thousand and One Nights: Contemporary Arabic Literature

Beyond The Thousand and One Nights: Contemporary Arabic Literature | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
On his last visit to Cairo, the German translator Hartmut Fähndrich was despondent about the lack of interest in contemporary Arabic writing, and he offered this interesting explanation of Western reluctance to engage with Arabic literature: “I think...
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The Science of Identity and Difference

The Science of Identity and Difference | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Siddhartha Mukherjee on David Allis and research that complicates the nature-versus-nurture debate.
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Are You Following a Bot?

Are You Following a Bot? | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

"ONE DAY LAST February, a Twitter user in California named Billy received a tweet from @JamesMTitus, identified in his profile as a “24 year old dude” from Christchurch, New Zealand, who had the avatar of a tabby cat. “If you could bring one character to life from your favorite book, who would it be?,” @JamesMTitus asked. Billy tweeted back, “Jesus,” to which @JamesMTitus replied: “honestly? no fracking way. ahahahhaa.” Their exchange continued, and Billy began following @JamesMTitus. It probably never occurred to him that the Kiwi dude with an apparent love of cats was, in fact, a robot."


How to manipulate social movements by hacking Twitter 

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The believer: How Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became leader of the Islamic State

The believer: How Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi became leader of the Islamic State | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
In this Brookings Essay, William McCants tells the story of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS), a group so brutal and hardline that even al-Qaida deemed them too extreme. Baghdadi, an introverted religious scholar with a passion for soccer, now controls large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria.
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29-year-old millenial rips on entitled 25-year-old Yelp employee who got fired after complaining about her salary

29-year-old millenial rips on entitled 25-year-old Yelp employee who got fired after complaining about her salary | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
"After reading your article detailing the ... struggle you dealt with while working for a ... corporation, I felt it imperative to address your concerns ..."
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English major demonstrates technique: sarcasm-slow-build-culminating-in-full-vitriolic-rant. Very nice.
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149-year-old Canadian newspaper’s final front page is pretty much perfect

149-year-old Canadian newspaper’s final front page is pretty much perfect | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

Today’s front page of the day comes from Canada’s Guelph Mercury, which published a print edition for the last time on Friday.

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Beautiful.

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The Bad Science of Alcoholics Anonymous

The Bad Science of Alcoholics Anonymous | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.

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Leslie Whidden's curator insight, January 25, 4:07 PM

Alcoholism destroys families and relationships. It can incite violence and aggression. Alcoholism is an identity-thief. Those alcoholics I know who have successfully kept alcoholism at bay do not direct their thanks to AA.

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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 179, Jim Crace

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 179, Jim Crace | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
It’s all narrative. Storytelling enables us to play out decisions before we make them, to plan routes before we take them, to work out the campaign before we start the war, to rehearse the phrases we’re going to use to please or placate our wives and husbands. Narrative is an immensely useful device and much older than the written word.
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Jim Crace is a non-autobiographical author - entirely free to tell stories.
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What ISIS Really Wants

What ISIS Really Wants | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
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What Twitter Can Be.

What Twitter Can Be. | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
For most people, Twitter is too hard to use.For most people, Tweeting is scary.For most people, Twitter feels lonely.

None of this is a surprise, as Twitter was mostly built by and for its power users. The odds are high that if you are reading this, you are one of those Twitterers who has built lists and muted accounts. You quote Tweets and tag photos with ease, you have multiple group DM threads, and for anything remotely real-time, you turn to Twitter search before Google.

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Yep.

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What do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure

What do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
“In the first pages of Being Wrong, Kathryn Schulz writes, “In our collective imagination, error is associated not just with shame and stupidity but also with ignorance, indolence, psychopathology, and moral degeneracy.” This cultural terror of...”
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Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance review – how one tech billionaire plans to save the world

Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance review – how one tech billionaire plans to save the world | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
The Silicon Valley entrepreneur wants to solve humanity’s problems with his electric cars, space travel and solar panels. Where did he come from and what makes him tick?
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Leslie Whidden's curator insight, June 23, 3:06 PM
Immensely good read! Especially interesting to our Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Comm Tech students. Steep learning trajectory.
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Whatever next? How plot grips us, from Dickens to Line of Duty

Whatever next? How plot grips us, from Dickens to Line of Duty | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
How do the best stories work? John Mullan examines what today’s TV dramatists can learn from the masters of the trade
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Weeding the Worst Library Books - The New Yorker

Daniel A. Gross on the librarians behind the blog Awful Library Books, which calls attention to old texts of questionable value.
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The Subfield That Is Changing the Landscape of Literary Studies

The Subfield That Is Changing the Landscape of Literary Studies | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Climate fiction, or cli-fi for short, is featured in more and more English-lit courses across the country. Here’s what it’s all about.
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Favourites with teen readers - heck, favourites with me!
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The Novel as a Tool for Survival

The Novel as a Tool for Survival | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
It helps us grapple with the evolution of our consciousness.
Fiction, speaking very generally, is about the individual in society, about the expectations and conflicts that color a life when an obdurate reality stands in the way of one’s self-image or desires.
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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 197, Umberto Eco

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 197, Umberto Eco | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.
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In-depth interview author of The Name of the Rose, professor semiotics at U Milan.
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LRB · Thomas Chatterton Williams · Loaded Dice: Ta-Nehisi Coates

LRB · Thomas Chatterton Williams · Loaded Dice: Ta-Nehisi Coates | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

Soon after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, a book called The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace was published, describing one New Jersey man’s dual existence as a top student at Yale and an incorrigible drug dealer.[1] Peace was an...

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Ta-Nahisi Coates' virulence, broad strokes in his memoir, Between the World and Me, are called into question by Thomas Chatterton Williams.

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The girl in the window

The girl in the window | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

Part One: The Feral Child PLANT CITY — The family had lived in the rundown rental house for almost three years when someone first saw a child's face in the window.

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A CNF story both hard to read and mesmerizing.

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Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting - TechRepublic

Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting - TechRepublic | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
As The New York Times brings new attention to VR, immersive journalism could drive not only changes in the media industry, but mainstream adoption of the technology.
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LRB · Hilary Mantel · ‘The Present Tense’

‘The Present Tense’ A story by Hilary Mantel

‘Today we are going to have a nice lesson,’ I say.

Twenty-nine faces, upturned: all dubious. I think, you don’t know how nice it will be, compared to the nasty lessons ahead. Next year is Cambridge Certificate, and we will have The Mill on the Floss till our brains bleed.

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How to Tell Powerful Narratives on Instagram

How to Tell Powerful Narratives on Instagram | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Exploring the art and craft of story
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The photo aspect of storytelling may open a door to students who might not normally consider writing.
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Julian Barnes: a tribute to Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford

Julian Barnes: a tribute to Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, adapted for the BBC by Tom Stoppard, is a masterpiece saturated with sex and features 'the most possessed evil character' in 20th-century fiction
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