Tuesday, 3 September 2013

My top longreads in August

This is a regular feature where I share some of the best longform articles I've read over the past month. As I approach the end of my uni course, August hasn't left much time for reading so some of these are shorter pieces than usual but I hope you'll still find them interesting! Do let me know which are your favourites either in the comments on on Twitter.

The Nando's High Five black card - the ultimate loyalty card that nobody knows how to get.

Return to the rainforest - A son's search for his Amazonian mother.

Clawback - Why we're still paying a fortune for lobster, despite abundant harvests.

The Radioactive Boy Scout - An old piece from 1998, this is a lovely piece about a boy who may have been a little too keen on science!

The Mood Graph - How our emotions are taking over the web.

The Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs - Fascinating read, how bullshit is your job?

I Want to Make Love to You Like In the Movies - Probably the most moving piece I've read all month, the ending totally gripped me.

The Grandmothers of "Gone Girl" - a look at the queens of domestic suspense (warning, this made me purchase books!)

The Trauma of Being Alive - Thoughts on love and loss.

The Poorest Rich Kids in the World - Incredible piece on heirs to a fortune whose childhood was filled with abuse and neglect. This is an incredibly important issue to me, as many still believe neglect only happens to poorer families.

How Much is a Life Worth? - Unbelievable interview with the man whose job it is to determine how victims are compensated in tragedies.

Promiscuous Reading - Oh yeah, that's definitely something I can relate to!

The Current State of Restaurant Criticism - As a regular reviewer, this struck me as a really important read. Particularly good if you rely on reviews from Yelp, Trip Advisor et al.

Jumpers - TRIGGER WARNING. This is a very detailed piece about the Golden Gate Bridge and it's tragic heritage.

How Medium is Building a New Kind of Company With no Managers - Good stuff in here on how to manage as well as be managed. Lots to learn from I think!

Be Cool or Be Cast Out - The agony of understanding your teens.

Porn: The Shocking Truth - One teacher's experience of how porn is warping teenage attitudes to sex.

How "Real" is Orange is the New Black? - Great analysis of the TV show compared with the memoir. Only read this if you've finished watching the show! Which I have, and now dearly miss.

The Pleasure of Reading Recipes - My cookbook shelf will attest to the power of this!

Yotam Ottolenghi on Being a Gay Father - This was just beautiful and so heartwarming. See also Charlie Condou's piece in the September issue of Red, which is not available online.

The Old Man at Burning Man - Wells Towers went to the infamous festival with his aging father.

The School Bus Turned Food Truck - A new way to help hungry children.

Tales from the $20 Handouts - Beautifully presented, here are the stories of five NYC recipients of $20 who were told they had to give it away.

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