Mike Dang
Editor-in-chief, Longreads | Editorial, Automattic and WordPress.com
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  1. In-Depth Stories: Five Longform Features to Save for the Weekend

    A roundup of some of the best longform storytelling recently published on WordPress.

    Books
  2. List-Making Love: A Conversation with Things We Like Creator Jessica Gross

    Jessica Gross’ Things We Like started as a simple idea: Each post featured 10 specific things the author enjoys. It’s now an exhibit at the New York Public Library.

    Humor
  3. Going Deep: Spend an Afternoon with These Lengthy Stories

    A roundup of some of the best longform storytelling recently published on WordPress.

    Longreads
  4. Your Phone Was Made By Slaves: A Primer on the Secret Economy

    On the new triangle trade, and the surprising connection between modern slavery and ecological disaster.

    Books
  5. A Place to Find Our Words: Bloggers and Their Writing Spaces

    “I seek a place free from distraction allowing me to be alone with my thoughts and the blank page.” Five bloggers tell us about their writing spaces.

    Inspiration
  6. Violet

    Adele Oliveira’s daughter, Violet, was born at 25 weeks and five days — more than three months ahead of her due date. In “Violet,” Adele tells the story of becoming a mother in the face of uncertainty.

    Longreads
  7. American Gun Culture Is Literally Killing Us

    “As long as guns exist, I don’t have a chance of saving the world. I feel useless against daily tragedy, against assault rifles and bullets. Here is something humiliating: I am afraid to write all this. Some people love guns. I do not love guns.” A reading list at Longreads, by Emily Perper.

    Commentary
  8. A Birth Story

    Meaghan O’Connell had a perfect pregnancy and the perfect birth plan — and then she went into labor. Dive into A Birth Story, a hilarious 57-minute Longreads Original from 2014.

    Longreads
  9. Rottin’ in Denmark

    Rottin’ in Denmark is the blog of Michael Hobbes, an American essayist and writer living in Berlin. He has written for the Billfold, the New Republic, Pacific Standard, and other publications. When he’s not writing or producing videos, he works for a human rights organization.

    Essay
  10. Longreads

    Longreads, founded in 2009, is dedicated to helping people find and share the best storytelling in the world. We feature nonfiction and fiction over 1,500 words, from picks recommended by our community to exclusive stories funded by our members.

    Essay
  11. After Water

    “If there were any time for the myth of California to crumble, now seems to be it.” In this illustrated Longreads Exclusive, journalist Susie Cagle explores California’s complicated history and politics, rural life and identity in America, and life after water.

    Essay
  12. Vivian Gornick: A Woman on the Margins

    In this Longreads interview with Jessica Gross, Vivian Gornick keeps it real: she talks about the problem with writing programs, her potential for dishonesty in memoir, and finding her way as a writer.

    Books