A tenth of Kannapolis, North Carolina, residents were laid off after the local textile mill closed. A billionaire bought the mill and turned it into a mecca for biotechnology and life sciences research. Now many residents are human research subjects.
Thursday, July 24
On Saturday, more than 50 years after he started writing about the game, Roger Angell will be honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. If you're unfamiliar with Angell's work, here's where to start: The Summer Game, the first of his three incomparable collections of baseball writing for The New Yorker.
Our friends at Open Road Integrated Media have made the book available for 80% off through the weekend. And they've been generous enough to share an excerpt with Longform, "The Interior Stadium," a 1971 classic in which Angell captures the timelessness of the game. "Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly," he writes. "Keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young.”
“You Palestinians can never see the fucking big picture.”
Wednesday, July 23
An ode to the Bee Gees' strange, successful career.
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah has written for The Believer, The LA Review of Books, Transition and The Paris Review. "If He Hollers Let Him Go," her essay on Dave Chappelle, was a 2014 National Magazine Award finalist.
"So the stakes are high. I’m not just writing this to write. I’m writing because I think there’s something I need to say. And there’s something that needs to be said. ... What I hope is that a young kid or an older person will see that you have choices, that you don't have to accept what people hand to you. That you have control."
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Who is Shmuley Boteach, former reality TV star and author of Kosher Sex?
A profile of author William T. Vollmann.
Tuesday, July 22
The lonely death of a godfather of the conspiracy theory movement.