Sunday, January 1

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On “If You Are the One”, the smash hit Chinese dating show that raised the ire of censors.

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A speech on the value of being alone with your thoughts, delivered to the plebe class at West Point.

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A profile.

Because business ebbs and flows with the seasons and the economy, Holmes, who lives in Upper Marlboro, has always kept a variety of sidelines, including a job driving a limousine for nine years to put his oldest daughter through a private high school and college. These days, at gigs, he hands out a stack of million-dollar "bills" printed with his image and his current enterprises: bandleader, commercial mortgage broker, hard money lender (slogan: "Hard Money with a Soft Touch").

Saturday, December 31

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A step-by-step proposal for fixing the broken economics of big-time college sports.

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The writer contemplates beauty and identity following reconstructive surgery.

There was a long period of time, almost a year, during which I never looked in a mirror. It wasn’t easy, for I’d never suspected just how omnipresent are our own images. I began by merely avoiding mirrors, but by the end of the year I found myself with an acute knowledge of the reflected image, its numerous tricks and wiles, how it can spring up at any moment: a glass tabletop, a well-polished door handle, a darkened window, a pair of sunglasses, a restaurant’s otherwise magnificent brass-plated coffee machine sitting innocently by the cash register.

Friday, December 30

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How an up-and-coming Boston surgeon became best known for leaving a patient on the operating table while he skipped out to cash a check.

Longform's Favorite Finds of 2011



Over at Readability, our editors highlight the best classic stories that resurfaced on Longform this year. See their picks.

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Tim Masters becomes the main suspect in a gruesome Colorado murder; he’s eventually convicted thanks the work of a revered detective. Then the case unravels: DNA proves another man committed the crime.

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The story of eight young people who died in a New Orleans squat fire.

Thursday, December 29

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The transcript from an lecture presented by In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture-capital arm, on the ethics of drones, military robots, and cyborg soldiers.

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On the intersection of technology and revolt.

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On the science of parking spaces.