Dying To Be Free

Twelve-step programs treat alcohol and drugs according to the same principles. But heroin changes the way the brain works. If there’s a medication that treats heroin addiction, why aren’t we using it?


Fiction Pick of the Week: Train to Flavortown

The train to flavortown hits some speedbumps as an edgy Food Network host meets his match.

"But his mind was stuck on grease. Soppin’ and moppin’ grease. You don’t see grease, Ferry wanted to tell her. It ran down the track and through the roads, gave the slammin’ sammies their sheen and made the sauce boss. Looking out a window for grease was like doubting a gust of wind. It was elemental. It was ephemera. He knew this, thought everyone did. It was the goddamn town motto, engraved at brass Kid Rock’s feet: Love, Peace and Taco Grease!"

Wednesday, January 28


Rush After 'A Rape On Campus'

A UVA alum goes back for the first rush week since the Rolling Stone story.


The Long, Strange Purgatory of Casey Kasem

The tragic final days (and very weird afterlife) of a radio legend.

Previously: Amy Wallace on the Longform Podcast.

Longform Podcast #126: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and GQ.

“My writing career was something that was always about to happen, just as soon as the baby falls asleep, just as soon as I finish watching this five-hour bout of As the World Turns, just as soon as... What do you do when you realize that you have not been doing the thing you were going to do? You're in your 30s. You get to work.”

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Boom: Inside a British Bank-Bombing Spree

They were an ordinary pair of small-time criminals in the UK. Then they figured out how to blow up an ATM.

Previously: The Longform Guide to Bank Heists


The Truth About Dan Bilzerian

The strange, gun-filled life of the “King of Instragram,” a failed NAVY Seal trainee turned poker-playing playboy with an exiled fraudster for a father and two heart attacks already under his belt.

Tuesday, January 27


The True Life Confessions of Fleetwood Mac

In the wake of Rumours, the band endures a series of break-ups.


David Simon Does Not Care What You Think Is Cool About His TV Shows

On the set of ‘Show Me a Hero,’ his new HBO miniseries, Simon is as impassioned, cantankerous, and uncompromising as ever.


Longform App Exclusive: "Once Upon a Jihad"

Today we've got another incredible Longform App Exclusive to share, thanks to our friends at Newsweek Insights, who have made their latest book available free only to Longform readers.

Published in the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo assassinations, "Once Upon a Jihad" examines the question of what drives young people to radical causes. Alex Perry follows a group of young British Muslims, radicalized through contacts made online, and shows how their normal teenage vulnerabilities are exploited with catastrophic consequences. A journey that begins at home with "looking the part" ends in martyrdom in a far away city.

We at Longform have been big fans of Perry's work for years, and we're honored to feature his latest book. To read it in full, for free, download the Longform App today.


Wake No More

Living with hypersomnia, a disorder marked by sleeping dozens of hours straight and still never feeling truly awake.

Monday, January 26


The Season from Hell

Inside Roger Goodell’s troubling (or wildly successful, depending on who you ask) tenure as NFL commissioner.