Tuesday, 1 April 2014

My top Longreads in March

Oh hello there longreads lovers! I haven't forgotten about you, but I have been spending a lot of time with my face in books lately. However, every now and then I do manage to digest a few articles, nary enough to justify a round-up post, but with a few weekends away in March I've racked up a hefty selection and so here are my favourites.

Snapshots from a rock ‘n’ roll marriage - Written by the ex wife of Black Keys singer Patrick Carney, this is a heartbreaking look at the little things that are left when two people fall apart.

When “Life Hacking” Is Really White Privilege - HELL YES. This is a very important read if you buy into the whole life-hacking philosophy.

My Life as a Retail Worker: Nasty, Brutish, and Poor - If you've ever worked in retail this will resonate hard. Here one reporter describes his fresh start from the bottom when he loses his job following a scandal.

Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security - This was SO FASCINATING and I couldn't put it better than the writer himself; sounds like sci-fi, actually more like The Office.

The Engineering of the Chain Restaurant Menu - A lovely little look at the user experience of menu design, it's a lot more complicated than you might think!

TV's Crowning Moment of Awesome - In 2008, one man guessed the exact total on Price Is Right. It had never been done before. Was he a fraud, or a genius?

Jennifer Lawrence And The History Of Cool Girls - This was shared a lot but if you missed it please do check it out, lots of useful stuff on the history of women in Hollywood, plus copious J-Law GIFs.

Animal Instinct: How Cat-Loving Sleuths Found an Accused Killer Sadist - Warning, this article contains graphic descriptions of animal cruelty, but it's also a fascinating look at how much a group of concerned citizens can achieve where the police will go no further.

Uber Cab Confessions - One GQ writer goes undercover to discover what's really at the heart of the clients using the popular taxi service. Fair warning for douche bags.

Uber driver accused of assault had done prison time for a felony, passed background check anyways - More scandal around Uber and their lack of action on dodgy drivers.

One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society - I love gatecrashing pieces. Fair warning for more douche bags.

Live Storytelling Packs a Powerful Punch - I listen to a few storytelling podcasts so this was a great read, which includes the brilliant story of a contest to find Morocco's best storyteller. I'm determined to find some storytelling events to go to in London so if you know of any please let me know.

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - Some frankly AMAZING stuff in here about fear and imposter syndrome. So, so, so, so true. And again, apologies for the delay in collating this post :)

The Ghostwriting Business - If you have strong feelings about ghost-written books, as I did, I highly recommend this piece which has completely changed my opinion of the practice.

Who Killed the Jeff Davis 8? - Cops, prostitutes, cover-ups - this has all the makings of a best-selling crime novel, except it's real life, and remains unsolved.

In the Beginning, There Was a Nipple - We all remember Janet Jackson's infamous 'wardrobe malfunction', but as it happened on the cusp of the social media boom, it was handled in a very different manner to how it would be today. I don't remember being very interested in the story at the time but this is a really great look at the impact, the outrage and ultimately the injustice of how a moment that lastest nine-sixteenths of a second ruined Jackson's career while boosting Justin Timberlake's.

On Breaking One’s Neck - Er, this is exactly what you'd think, but from the perspective of a physician with six decades of experience, so somewhat enlightening.

Jon Gosselin in the Wilderness - You may or may not remember the reality TV show Jon & Kate Plus 8, but it didn't end well for Jon, who now lives in the woods and works in a restaurant. Or perhaps that's a better thing, I'm not so sure.

Surviving Anxiety - A look at one man's debilitating anxiety and his mission to overcome America's most common mental illness.

Not Here To Make Friends - I shared this recently and I'm sharing it again because this article about unlikeable women in fiction is so great. A nightmare protagonist doesn't make a terrible book, and this has really changed the way I've thought about some of the books I've read.

Wilderness Women - The women in this piece are great and feisty and HARDCORE, taking on Alaska's wildest competition.

The internet mystery that has the world baffled - A mysterious organisation has been settling code-breakers around the world cryptic challenges for the past two years. A duck is involved. Nobody seems to know the truth. ACE.

So there we go, that should keep your non-fiction fans topped up for a while. See you next month!

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