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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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‘A different dimension of loss’: inside the great insect die-off – podcast

‘A different dimension of loss’: inside the great insect die-off – podcast | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Scientists have identified 2 million species of living things. No one knows how many more are out there, and tens of thousands may be vanishing before we have even had a chance to encounter them
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Register to receive Podcast and text-versions of longreads from Guardian. 
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Custom Brewed Lifestyle: The Booming Coffee Industry and Those It's Left Behind - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

Custom Brewed Lifestyle: The Booming Coffee Industry and Those It's Left Behind - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
For decades, coffee was about as exciting as washing powder and detergent. But today it has become a lifestyle statement. The bean boom, though, hides the brutal economic realities behind coffee production. By DER SPIEGEL staff
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Love hate relationship. 
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American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened

American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
The long read: In a world seduced by screens, the future of paper might seem uncertain. But many in the industry remain optimistic – after all, you can’t blow your nose on an email
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Handle a perfect sheet of rich heavyweight cotton stock from an old book and you know a digital screen could never replace the experience. 
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'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
The long read: Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on
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Extend your learning: read 'Anthropocene Fictions', by Adam Trexler. Book review, Project Muse:  https://muse.jhu.edu/book/38882
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Climate Change: Solving the Mystery of the Arctic's Clouds - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

Climate Change: Solving the Mystery of the Arctic's Clouds - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Climate change has been causing dramatic, accelerated changes in the Arctic. Now, a team of researchers has deployed two planes and a ship, along with advanced new technology, to take a closer look at one of its least understood causes: clouds.
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"Spitzbergen (1300 k from the North Pole) is ground zero for climate change. It is advancing here faster than elsewhere, offering an early taste of what global warming might mean. "Since November 2010 ... We see changes everywhere we look.""
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Exclusive: The Water Knife. Read the first chapter of Paolo Bacigalupi's new eco-fiction novel.

Exclusive: The Water Knife. Read the first chapter of Paolo Bacigalupi's new eco-fiction novel. | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
The author of The Wind-Up Girl is back this week with his first adult novel in six years, and we've got your extended preview right here.
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Eco-fiction
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My Family’s Slave

My Family’s Slave | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.
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Yes, slavery continues: Contemporary slavery: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/category/contemporary-slavery/
Alex Tizon died as his story was being prepared for publication.
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Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years | Michael Finkel

Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years | Michael Finkel | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
The long read: At the age of 20, Christopher Knight parked his car on a remote trail in Maine and walked away with only the most basic supplies. He had no plan. His chief motivation was to avoid contact with people. This is his story
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LRB · Clare Bucknell · Oven-Ready Children: Jonathan Swift

LRB · Clare Bucknell · Oven-Ready Children: Jonathan Swift | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
One of Jonathan Swift’s first published poems was a piece of 18 lines called ‘A Description of the Morning’. It was printed anonymously in an April 1709 edition of the Tatler, which in its original incarnation took an interest in literary criticism, history and philosophy as well as . . .
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Specialist Journalism Archives - European Journalism Observatory - EJO

Specialist Journalism Archives - European Journalism Observatory - EJO | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Longreads for journalism interests:
- The Rise Of Popular Science Journalism In Russia
- How Data Journalism Is Changing Newsrooms…Slowly
- Is Slow News Better News?
- Campaigning, Investigative, Independent… Is Community Journalism Coming Of Age?
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Multimedia Reporting: Snow Fall, A New Wave Of Literary Journalism?

Multimedia Reporting: Snow Fall, A New Wave Of Literary Journalism? | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
" Thanks to the development of digital technology, classic literary techniques can now be combined with elements from other media: videos, audio, animations, maps, interactive infographics and data visualisation. The technique enables a more immersive form of story-telling, taking the reader along in a linear way, as with a movie or novel. "

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New York Times story about a snow storm in Washington State. Won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Led to an avalanche of so-called literary reportage.
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Longreads Best of 2016: Crime Reporting

Longreads Best of 2016: Crime Reporting | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
We asked a few writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here, the best in crime reporting.
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I want these in book length.
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It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech

It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
At a time when anyone can broadcast live or post their thoughts to a social network, we should be living in a utopia of public discourse. We're not.
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The issue is addressed at a YA level with @PhilipPullman 'Book of Dust'. Favourite literary novels with upper grade high school students include 1984, Brave New World, We. 
Can reading about the issue weaken the power that social media and online airtime give to absolutely anyone with online access?
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Margaret Atwood faces feminist backlash on social media over #MeToo

Margaret Atwood faces feminist backlash on social media over #MeToo | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
The Canadian author’s defence of due process for those accused of sexual misconduct sparked online ire. 

Atwood' reasoning is clear - and fair:
"... understandable and temporary vigilante justice can morph into a culturally solidified lynch-mob habit, in which the available mode of justice is thrown out the window, and extralegal power structures are put into place and maintained.”
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Mob-mentality replaces reason. Bad news. 
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'It's shocking, it's horrendous': Ellen MacArthur's fight against plastic

'It's shocking, it's horrendous': Ellen MacArthur's fight against plastic | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

She broke the solo record for sailing round the world, but now she is dedicating her life to an even greater challenge – saving it from the destructive tide of plastic pollution


"I remember quite poignantly writing in the log on the boat; ‘What I have got on the boat is everything.’ It really struck me that you save everything, everything you have, because you know it’s finite, you know there isn’t any more. What you have on that boat is it, your entire world.”

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Collapse in flying insect numbers points to ‘ecological Armageddon’

Collapse in flying insect numbers points to ‘ecological Armageddon’ | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it

Three quarters of bees, butterflies and other flying insects have disappeared from nature reserves in only 25 years in what scientists fear is a sign of “ecological Armageddon"

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Living in cars, working for Amazon: meet America's new nomads | Jessica Bruder

Living in cars, working for Amazon: meet America's new nomads | Jessica Bruder | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Rising rents are leading Americans to live in cars and other vehicles
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'They all have plastic inside them': New film explores our impact on Pacific albatrosses

'They all have plastic inside them': New film explores our impact on Pacific albatrosses | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Photographer Chris Jordan is releasing a new documentary about the devastating effects of ocean plastic on the lives of albatrosses on one Pacific island.
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Is this Basquiat worth $110m? Yes – his art of American violence is priceless

Is this Basquiat worth $110m? Yes – his art of American violence is priceless | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
An untitled Jean-Michel Basquiat work has sold for $110.5m, becoming the most expensive American painting ever – thanks to a combination of romance and sheer nightmarish vision
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Haunted/haunting image reflecting racist/aggressor past of U.S. 
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Rescuing the Last Two Animals at the Mosul Zoo

Rescuing the Last Two Animals at the Mosul Zoo | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Robin Wright writes about the attempt by an international animal-rescue organization to save a bear and a lion from a zoo in Iraq.
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Heartbreaking.
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Inside Obama’s Farewell Address

Inside Obama’s Farewell Address | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Stories from longtime supporters present that night at McCormick Place.
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Come back....soon.
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'The Lives They Lived' in The New York Times, and the lives they lost in Aleppo

'The Lives They Lived' in The New York Times, and the lives they lost in Aleppo | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
Exploring the art and craft of story:  "Two of my biggest loves are narrative journalism and music, and I’m lucky that my days are filled with both. When reading stories, I get inspired by songs I think fit the article’s theme — a soundtrack. To start out, here are a couple of this week’s Storyboard articles, and their soundtracks:  "
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How an 18-year-old gamer went from neo-Nazi to Muslim to alleged killer

How an 18-year-old gamer went from neo-Nazi to Muslim to alleged killer | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
On Friday night, Devon Arthurs, an 18-year-old with no criminal record, ran into a smoke shop in Tampa, Florida, took people there hostage, and said he was angry about America bombing Muslim countries. According to a police report, Arthurs waved a semiautomatic pistol and yelled “Do me a favor and…
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Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek | Longreads : stories, authors, craft | Scoop.it
“Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” by New York Times reporter John Branch, tells the harrowing story of skiers caught in an avalanche.
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Horrifying, claustrophobic, a not-put-downable story.
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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, 2016 3:06 PM
Fascinating! Especially interesting to our Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Comm Tech students. Steep learning trajectory.