Sheikh of the Skies
What do you do when pigeons are plaguing the guests at a luxury hotel in Dubai? You send in the falcons and the falconer to chase them away.
Revisiting Discarded Post-it Poetry: An Idea That Sticks
Melissa Kandel interviews sob, a poet who writes poems on crumpled post-it notes and leaves them in public spaces in Los Angeles, California.
One More Christmas
Blogger Ann is especially grateful to have one more Christmas with her beloved dog, Lucy. “And the fact that Lucy will get at least one more chance to find the special present that Santa Dog left under the tree will just make this Christmas that much sweeter.”
We Got Lucky: My Life with Tom Petty
Silas House remembers Tom Petty: “We embraced strangers and threw our heads back and sang. This was a kind of church, too, I thought. A room full of love in a way I’d never experienced before.”
Longreads Best of 2017: All of Our No. 1 Story Picks
Looking for some good reading during the holiday season? Here’s every story that was chosen as number one in Longreads’ Weekly Top 5 email.
Storytelling With Food
Love food photography? Let Meera — a self-taught photographer — teach you how to tell a story with food.
Portrait of Aldous Huxley
Watching Zack Ramey create a drip portrait of Aldous Huxley is a meditative experience.
Time Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers
The Silence Breakers who spoke out against sexual assault and harassment are TIME’s Person of the Year 2017.
Poet Rob Hindle delights in watching a kite: “Each morning we watched birds a mile up / drifting in the frail sky, small as balloons / let go from a fair, sunlit and miraculous.”
Finding My Way into a New Form: An Interview with Teju Cole
Teju Cole chats with Steve Paulson about the beauty of sentence fragments and his meditative approach to combining text and photography in his book, Blind Spot.
Stuart McMillen Comics
Australian artist Stuart McMillen draws long-form comics and cartoons on science, society, the environment, and ecological sustainability.
Meet Thor, the First Surfer in Norway
At The people we met on the way, travel writer Toby Skinner profiles Thor Frantzen, the first person to make his own surfboard and surf in Norway, at Unstad in 1963.
An Andaluz Art: Horse Riding in Jerez de la Frontera
Tim Ginty profiles Juan Rubio Martínez, a veteran rider at the Andalusian Royal School of Equestrian Art: “It’s said that the horse transmits the character of the person.”
It’s the well-wrought characters in Cynthia Guenther Richardson’s short fictional piece, “Castoffs” that will grab you and keep you reading.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
Nguyen is a medical professional who is struggling to process her time in Puerto Rico: “There will also be stories about patients that will make you rethink what you know about love and devotion. It was my privilege to witness all of it.”
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