A conversation with Björk about Vulnicura, her new—and confessional—album about her recent break-up with Matthew Barney.
Thursday, January 22
How a woman born of wealth and privilege tries to bomb the establishment from which she came and ultimately dies in the process.
This Pulitzer-winning series is reprinted online in full and for the first time by Longform.
Wednesday, January 21
People with Prader-Willi syndrome, caused by a genetic defect, always feel as though they’re starving. How can you condition them to control their appetites when temptation is everywhere?
On the psychological damage punitive isolation inflicts upon Guantánamo and American prisoners alike.
Anand Gopal has written for The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s and Foreign Policy. He’s the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes.
“When I got to the Taliban, I got out my notebook and tried to ask the hard-hitting questions. ‘What are you fighting for? Why are you doing this? What’s happening with the civilians you’re killing?’ And of course you do that and you get boilerplate answers and icy stares. So I just started asking them questions about their childhood. ... People love to talk about themselves and he began to open up and very subtly something shifted and it no longer became about the war and America versus the Taliban, it became about him being an Afghan and his experience.”
Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars—a struggle for control of the Internet that is already well underway.
Tuesday, January 20
North Carolina’s protest movement has galvanized the state’s progressives, but couldn’t stop 2014’s Republican tide. Its leaders say they’re just getting started.
“Easy care” sheep, crushed piglets, and starving calves. These are the products of a remote research center where scientists are trying to re-engineer the farm animal to fit the needs of the 21st-century meat industry.
An American writer living in Japan, unread and underpublished, sends an email to a group of writers he doesn’t know informing them that he is committing suicide.
Monday, January 19
Chérif and Saïd Kouachi’s path to the Paris attack at Charlie Hebdo.