Wednesday, 6 August 2014

My top longreads from June and July

HELLO ALL YOU SEXY LONGFORM FANS. How've you been? I've been great, I've been reading lots of books, as you can tell from my other posts. But I've also been on quite a few holidays already this summer and travel always means LONGREADS TIME.

Here's what I've read and enjoyed recently...

The American Room - Goodness this was SO INTERESTING. A deep look at what we can understand about American homes and bedrooms based on studying hours of YouTube clips. YouTube, bedrooms, data. I like all those things.

My 14-Hour Search for the End of TGI Friday's Endless Appetizers - Join one writer as she attempts to eat a bajillion mozzarella sticks. In news that will surprise absolutely nobody, I think I could have done better.

Who Wants to Shoot an Elephant? - Morons, that's who. Except this is actually a really brilliant look at the hunting industry as a whole and I learned a few things.

Life, After - In February Miles O'Brien lost his left arm. Here he talks about having to rethink everything.

Miss American Dream - Britney Spears absolutely owns Las Vegas.

Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex? - Are we just too nice to get down and dirty anymore?

How Poor Young Black Men Run from the Police - This is really saddening, on the fear these boys feel every time they leave the house.

Data Doppelgängers and the Uncanny Valley of Personalization - Great insight into all the assumptions the internet makes about you. Been served ads for diets, weddings and IVF on Facebook? This is why.

21 TV Shows That Revolutionized Female Sexuality - Orange is the New Black! The Good Wife! Girls! Buffy! I LOVE TELEVISION.

Damon Lindelof Promises You His New Show Won’t End Like ‘Lost’ - Thank god for that! Seriously though, The Leftovers sounds great and I'm looking forward to watching it.

What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is Primarily About Pleasure? - Would anyone die? Nope. Would the world be a better place? Probably.

Angus Steakhouse: How does tourist staple continue to thrive in today's gourmet market? - WHO KNOWS?! One writer takes Hawksmoor chef out for dinner.

Why Would A Gay Teenager Commit Hate Crimes Against Herself? - Ten years ago a 17 year old was the victim of numerous hate crimes that she faked. Here she tells her story for the first time.

The Course of Their Lives - Meet the anatomy students on the first day of their medical careers. WARNING: some graphic pics.

Not quite longreads but still really great:

Shelving to Save a Book's Life - Super cute read about how one bookseller feels about her shelving decisions.

The bizarre secret of London’s buried diggers - So you're rich, and you've had a basement pool dug into your home. But how do you get the digger out? You don't, of course, YOU'RE RICH!

What have you been reading? Leave me a comment or come talk to me about these great pieces on Twitter.

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