Longreads: June 6th

Here are a few of the most interesting longreads I’ve read this week. If you feel like consuming even more longreads, check out TheLongRead, a subbreddit dedicated to sharing interesting longreads on the Internet.

Humanity Imperiled: The path to disaster. What is the future likely to bring? A reasonable stance might be to try to look at the human species from the outside. – by Noam Chomsky – http://www.guernicamag.com/daily/noam-chomsky-humanity-imperiled/

After Six Years of Bloodshed, Mexico’s Drug War Shows Little Sign of Waning: The horrors of daily life with the cartels. It was roughly 8 a.m., on Jan. 3, 2007. Mexican President Felipe Calderon had just landed at the airport in Uruapan, in the central state of Michoacan. – by Malcolm Beith – http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/06/after-six-years-of-bloodshed-mexicos-drug-war-shows-little-sign-of-waning/276533/

Mexican Manifesto: Laura and I did not make love that afternoon. In truth, we gave it a shot, but it just didn’t happen. Or, at least, that’s what I thought at the time. Now I’m not so sure. We probably did make love. – by Roberto Bolaño – http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2013/04/22/130422fi_fiction_bolano

A U.S. Soccer Star’s Declaration of Independence: The latest attempt at a women’s professional soccer league in the United States begins this weekend, so the stars of the American team from the London Olympics have, for the most part, returned to preaching the gospel stateside. – by Sam Borden – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/sports/soccer/megan-rapinoe-does-it-her-way-in-us-and-in-france.html

When The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly: Right up until he started quoting Hitler and dropping N-bombs, my new friend was a great dude. I’ll call him The Hooligan. A more generous host would be hard to find. Soon after we met, he made sure we stopped at the one place in town that served Campari correctly. – by Roberto Parada – http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/9338962/when-beautiful-game-turns-ugly

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens returns to the track: ““I got balls and guts,” Gary Stevens tweeted on the evening of Feb. 23. The barb was directed at an armchair critic who blasted the legendary jockey’s ride in that day’s Risen Star Stakes — at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, in New Orleans. – http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2013/5/2/4289776/gary-stevens-comeback-kentucky-derby-2013-horse-racing

The Double Life Of A Gay Dodger: Originally published in the October 1982 issue of Inside Sports. The game is over and the baseball player sits in the hotel lobby, his eyes fixed on nothing. He thinks his secret is safe but he is never quite sure, so at midnight in the lobby it is always best to avoid the other eyes. – http://thestacks.deadspin.com/the-double-life-of-a-gay-dodger-493697377

The Brief Life And Complicated Death Of Tommy Lasorda’s Gay Son: Originally published in the October 1992 issue of GQ, as “Tangled Up in Blue.” A postscript from the author follows. Nighttime in Los Angeles, on a quiet street off Melrose Avenue. – http://thestacks.deadspin.com/the-brief-life-and-complicated-death-of-tommy-lasordas-485999366

Surviving Professional Baseball in the Steroid Era: Most of our writers didn’t enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. – by Eric Knott – http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php

Schizophrenic. Killer. My Cousin.: The thing that struck me when I first met my cousin Houston was his size. He wasn’t much taller than me, if at all, and was slight of frame. On the other side of the visitors’ glass, he looked surprisingly small, young for his 22 years. – by Mac McClelland – http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/04/mental-health-crisis-mac-mcclelland-cousin-murder

The Martian Chroniclers: There once were two planets, new to the galaxy and inexperienced in life. Like fraternal twins, they were born at the same time, about four and a half billion years ago, and took roughly the same shape. – by Burkhard Bilger – http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/04/22/130422fa_fact_bilger

Hot commodity: David Tran, 68, founded the hot sauce company Huy Fong Foods Inc. in L.A.’s Chinatown in 1980 and a few years later introduced Sriracha sauce to the United States. – by FRANK SHYONG – http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/food/hot-commodity-204991211.html

Overheard: Steven Soderbergh: A few months ago I was on this Jet Blue flight from New York to Burbank. And I like Jet Blue, not just because of the prices. They have this terminal at JFK that I think is really nice. – http://www.filmcomment.com/entry/steven-soderbergh-state-of-cinema-address

Escape: Each year, more than 18,000 victims of domestic violence call SafeHouse Denver’s hot line. Meet one of them. Krystal Ryan was tired. Not work-tired, when your eyes start to burn. Or mom-tired, when your shoulders ache and your neck feels hollow. – by Natasha Gardner – http://www.5280.com/magazine/2013/05/escape

The Prophets of Oak Ridge: Last summer, in the dead of night, these three people penetrated the exterior of Y-12 in Tennessee, supposedly one of the most secure nuclear-weapons facilities in the United States. – by Sister Anne Montgomery – http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/style/2013/04/29/the-prophets-of-oak-ridge/

The Guantánamo Memoirs of Mohamedou Ould Slahi: Mohamedou Ould Slahi began to tell his story in 2005. Over the course of several months, the Guantánamo prisoner handwrote his memoir, recounting what he calls his “endless world tour” of detention and interrogation. He wrote in English, a language he mastered in prison. – by Larry Siems – http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2013/04/mohamedou_ould_slahi_s_guant_namo_memoirs_how_the_united_states_kept_a_gitmo.html

So That If I Died It Mattered: 1. I went back to Ohio Friday night to see another friend from college get married. This was my fifth such wedding in three years. Surrounded by my Ohio friends and their spouses, I found myself having to consider, once again, what it means to be 29 and not in a meaningful relationship. – by Jon Sands – http://www.themillions.com/2013/05/so-that-if-i-died-it-mattered.html

One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food Supply: Nearly one in three commercial honeybee colonies in the United States died or disappeared last winter, an unsustainable decline that threatens the nation’s food supply. – by Brandon Keim – http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/05/winter-honeybee-losses/

When Our Kids Own America: Brooklyn Park, Minn., which sits just to the northwest of Minneapolis and hugs the Mississippi River, was once the quintessential American suburb: Pretty sleepy. Midwestern. Mostly white. Jesse Ventura, the garrulous former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler, used to be the city’s mayor. – http://apps.npr.org/codeswitch-changing-races/

Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi: The sushi chef was leaving his apartment when he noticed the stranger outside. He could tell by the man’s suit—black and badly made—that he was North Korean. Right away, the chef was nervous. – by Adam Johnson – http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201306/kim-jong-il-sushi-chef-kenji-fujimoto-adam-johnson-2013

Welcome to Mogadishu: You can see where their heads hit the roof,” says a member of Somalia’s bomb squad. He is showing me pictures of the latest co-ordinated suicide attack. – by Katrina Manson – http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/e0c521b4-c8bd-11e2-acc6-00144feab7de.html


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