Sunday, November 16

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A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge

The early days of electronic spreadsheets and how the tool transformed business.


Plus: The Longform Guide to Early Computing.

Saturday, November 15

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The Con Artist Hired to Clean Ebola

During the financial crisis, Sal Pane ran a multimillion-dollar mortgage scam. A few years later, with the help of some high-profile media appearances and a dead man's resume, he won the government contract to clean up Ebola in New York.


Plus: Our complete archive of articles about con men.

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The Business of Lords

On systemic corrpution in the upper house of British Parliament, where lawmakers have the freedom to work for any business—banks, oil companies, Facebook—willing to pay for their “expertise.”

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Art of French Cooking"

A woman bonds with her terminally ill sister over food, memories, and shaky lives.


For a daily short story recommendation from our editors, try Longform Fiction or follow @longformfiction on Twitter.

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The Old House at Home

The story of a New York City bar and its owner, Old John McSorley.

Friday, November 14

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Extreme Wealth Is Bad for Everyone—Especially the Wealthy

How do you start closing the gap between rich and poor? Convince the rich to do it themselves.

Michael Lewis on Longform

The 15-year-old who flummoxed the SEC, the precarious existence of NFL placekickers, a world tour of economic collapse and much more—our complete archive of articles by Michael Lewis.

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Fallen Arches

What happened to McDonald’s?

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Love, Loss and Survival

Last summer, Gia Allemand took her own life in a New Orleans apartment complex. The first person on the scene was her boyfriend, NBA star Ryan Anderson. This is the story of how he survived.

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Bonfire of the Inanities

A history of the New York Times Styles section.

Thursday, November 13

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The Truth About Anonymous’s Activism

“The Anonymous mystique had allowed a group of incompetents to hijack, then discredit, an important grassroots movement in the eyes of national media.”

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No Twang of Conscience Whatever

“’Have you ever killed anybody?’”