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Inside Superiority Burger

Brett Martin | GQ | April 26, 2023 | 3,834 words

“How did chef and former punk drummer Brooks Headley turn his all-vegetarian vision for a rock and roll diner into the season’s hottest new restaurant?”

The King in the Endgame

David Hill | The Ringer | April 25, 2023 | 3,243 words

“Magnus Carlsen’s legacy is still being written.”

The Quest for Longevity Is Already Over

Matt Reynolds | Wired | April 26, 2023 | 2,084 words

“For Robine, each supercentenarian is a crucial datapoint in the quest to answer a big question: Is there an upper limit to the human lifespan?”

Rachel Weisz and the Glorious Horrors of Pregnancy

Alexandra Kleeman | The New York Times Magazine | April 21, 2023 | 3,250 words

“Her brilliant streaming remake of the psychosexual thriller “Dead Ringers” has a refreshing new perspective on childbirth.”

There Is No A.I.

Jaron Lanier | The New Yorker | April 20, 2023 | 3,733 words

“But we’re at the beginning of a new technological era—and the easiest way to mismanage a technology is to misunderstand it.”

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This edition highlights stories by Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein, David Gauvey Herbert, Kit Chellel, Ashley Stimpson, and Nate Rogers.

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This edition features stories from Joshua Kaplan, Justin Elliott, and Alex Mierjeski, Michael Hall, Ben Goldfarb, Meg Bernhard, and Angela Burke.

Voice and Hammer

Jeff Sharlet | VQR | October 2013 | 8,251 words

“Harry Belafonte’s unfinished fight.”

On 4th and Broadway: Remembering Tower Records

Michael A. Gonzales | We Are the Mutants | April 12, 2023 | 2,711 words

“To this day, I’ve never stopped thinking about that music sanctuary for the twenty years it existed at that location.”

‘Why You Talking to a Bum?’

Katie Prout | Chicago Reader | April 20, 2023 | 2,890 words

“When the very presence of unhoused people on the Chicago Transit Authority is considered a public safety concern, who is the public, and what are we keeping them safe from?”

What Was Twitter, Anyway?

Willy Staley | The New York Times Magazine | April 18, 2023 | 8,002 words

“Whether the platform is dying or not, it’s time to reckon with how exactly it broke our brains.”

What’s a God to a Machine?

Jeff Weiss | The Ringer | April 20, 2023 | 4,237 words

“Frank Ocean emerged from self-imposed exile to headline Coachella Weekend 1. After a polarizing set, he won’t be returning for Weekend 2. What does his performance say about artistry in an increasingly algorithmic and AI-generated world?”

Inside the Temple of Sadhguru, the Internet’s Favourite Mystic

Stephen Rodrick | British GQ | April 11, 2023 | 5,892 words

“Jagadish Vasudev, the Indian mystic better known as Sadhguru, has built a global following and a horde of celebrity fans (McConaughey! Smith! SZA!) with his fresh, Insta-ready approach to spirituality.”

The (Un)holy Gospel of Suga Free

Jeff Weiss | Los Angeles Times | April 17, 2023 | 3,271 words

“There’s a thin line between isolation and serenity, and Suga Free needs nobody but Suga Free.”


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