Posts Tagged: Longform
[Alice's] brown eyes are comparatively lucid in a room filled with women alternately sedated or enraged. She comforts Shania, who believes a bulldozer is parked inside her forehead, and Sabrina, who thinks an ex-boyfriend has taken custody of their nonexistent septuplet babies, whose names she cannot always remember but each of whom is called a different diminutive form of “Angel.”
What you may not realize from this passage is that Alice is also an inpatient at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, and though she often acts as a sort of informal therapist for the other women, “she is forced to admit: ‘You’re here for your own self, too.’”...more
Or this one about polar bears as creatures, as symbols of global-warming guilt, and as subjects for Martha Stewart’s Hallmark Channel TV show....more
If reading our interview with Peter Rock (and getting psyched for his reading tomorrow) has whetted your appetite for cult stories, check out this piece on Synanon by George Pendle, highlighted by Longform earlier this week.
Things start out all right, with a recovering alcoholic named Chuck Dederich meeting with some Alcoholics Anonymous pals for “bull sessions.” By the end, we’ve got forcibly shaved heads and farmers waking up to the sounds of child runaways....more
The latest casualty in the decline of print media is the Boston Phoenix, a beloved alt weekly that is already sorely missed.
To help lay it to rest, Slate and Longform.org compiled a list of some of the Phoenix‘s best stories about drugs, riots, legal trials, and of course, family....more
Slate‘s recurring feature “The Longform Guide to…,” curated by Longform.org, is usually fascinating, and the most recent installment is no exception.
In “honor” of the revelation that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s girlfriend never existed, Max Linsky leads us through a maze of stories on Internet hoaxes....more
Warning: unless you are mentioned by name in the article, you will probably have to face some hard truths about how your own crossword-puzzle prowess is not as impressive as you thought....more