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Old 04-12-2014, 11:15 PM
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Default Long form recommendations.

I read a whole bunch of longish stuff from the internet, so sometimes I want to generically recommend something that's probably not quite thread material, and I am almost always interested in generic recommendations, so this is a thread for good, longform you find on the internet. I'm going first, though:

This is just so so good. It's a detective story about the blues and the proto-blues and racism and obsession and the recording industry and things like that, and it's just so good.

The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie: On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace.

(The media is enraging me a little bit, so put it in Pocket or something and ignore that part if it starts making you too mad to read it.)
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:32 PM
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I considered posting this the other day, but then I didn't, but then I changed my mind.

It's a little too complex to summarize beyond the title, but it is very good.

Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain | VQR Online

This also has a descriptive title:

The Trouble With Shaken Baby Syndrome | Seattle Met
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:35 PM
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Ha ha, don't care. I'm still going to post stuff sometimes, and judge all y'all for not reading it.

This is really woah stuff about ambiguities around patients in varying states of consciousness, and people working on ways to establish communications with them.

The mind readers | Mosaic
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Ha ha, don't care. I'm still going to post stuff sometimes, and judge all y'all for not reading it.
Not replying :!=: not reading. Your emotional logic sucks.
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Also, I'm not reading any of this.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:29 PM
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I am glad this thread exists, FYI, because it gives me an opportunity to add to the huge pile of stuff that I want to read one day if I ever get time. :thumbup:
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That is mostly what I want it for, too.

I get RSS from different longform sites, and sometimes I want to recommend something, but also, I only really read stuff that either immediately grabs my attention, or that I see linked in multiple different places. But also I figure I'd trust your guyses' recommendations more than generic sites.

PS my favorite is to go through my longreads section (esp. longform.org and longreads.com, because they're aggregators), then I save the things I want to Pocket so I can read them whenever I get a chance, either online or off. It's p. sweet. Also, longreads.com lets you sort by how much time you have.
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:41 PM
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Why Would A Gay Teenager Commit Hate Crimes Against Herself

An interview with a woman who committed a bunch of hoax hate crimes against herself as a teenager.

A British Disaster: Blur's Parklife, Britpop, Princess Di & The 1990s

I don't know and I don't care about what this article is about. It's very very British, and all that happened during my Lost Decade when I had a little kid and too many things to do and didn't have a clue what anyone else was up to. I mean, I had to keep stopping and looking things up so I'd even know what he was talking about.

I only read it because someone pulled the sick burn about Oasis being the most disastrous misunderstanding of the Beatles since Charles Manson.

But then, I started getting angry anyway, and now I am pretty sure that 90s Britpop is at the root of everything that is currently shit everywhere.

Never mind that for all I know, this could be fabricated from near whole cloth. I only have a vague, scattered sense of recognition of what this guy's even talking about.

Still.

Stupid Blur. I've hated them since, like, forever.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:27 PM
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The Reykjavik Confessions

This is a really great true crime false confession story from Iceland.

It's a multimedia thing, so while the text could stand on its own, it's probably best in a full browser.
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I guess this is a little bit long. Not too long, though. You should really read this right now. It'll only take a few minutes, and it's worth it.

The Scary Ham | Tor.com

Maybe someday, I can tell the second hand story of when my brothers set a horse's head on fire in the middle of the night at some reservoir and then both lost their shoes in the mud trying to get away, and had to sneak into the only 24 hour store in town to get new ones.

Oh, wait. That was pretty much the whole thing. Story TOLD. SHORTFORM.
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Maybe someday, I can tell the second hand story of when my brothers set a horse's head on fire in the middle of the night at some reservoir and then both lost their shoes in the mud trying to get away, and had to sneak into the only 24 hour store in town to get new ones.

Oh, wait. That was pretty much the whole thing. Story TOLD. SHORTFORM.
I'm pretty sure you've told that story before. Or, rather, you told the part about your brothers losing their shoes in the mud and having to go shopping while shoeless in the middle of the night, but you neglected to mention the FLAMING HORSE HEAD, like oh, setting fire to the grisly remains of a large animal is just a Wednesday night, but the interesting part of this story is obviously being in Wal*Mart or wherever with no shoes on.
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Oh, ouch. This guy's writing is beeeyootiful.

ISSUE 9: Old Terror, New Hearts : Inside Louisiana's Leper Colony: Oxford American

And now I also want to read some of the other stuff he talks about.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:04 PM
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This is good too. Not too long, but it came from a longform site, so it counts.

Trigger warning for rape, although it's not super graphic:

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These are so good, lisarea. Amazing finds.
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Thank you, Clutch!

I don't mind at all just sticking things here as bookmarks just in case someone is looking for something to read someday, but it's really nice to know that someone's appreciating them.
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Oh, I'm not reading them.
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Oh, me neither.
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Just as long as someone's appreciating them.
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Not as long as many in this thread, but doesn't really fit anywhere else. It's a nice essay on the dangers of enforced optimism. The Happiness Conspiracy: Against Optimism and The Cult of Positive Thinking
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Not as long as many in this thread, but doesn't really fit anywhere else. It's a nice essay on the dangers of enforced optimism. The Happiness Conspiracy: Against Optimism and The Cult of Positive Thinking
Isn't enforced familiarity of the type that breeds liv's contempt fundamentally a case of this?
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