I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
The secret diary of Nina Simone.
The secret diary of Nina Simone.
“I don’t know what other singers feel when they articulate lyrics, but being an 18-karat manic-depressive and having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an overacute capacity for sadness as well as elation. I know what the cat who wrote the song is trying to say. I’ve been there—and back. I guess the audience feels it along with me. They can’t help it. Sentimentality, after all, is an emotion common to all humanity.”
A day after William Faulkner’s funeral and a few weeks before James Meredith became the first African-American student to register at the University of Mississipi, the author arrived in Oxford to cover the Dixie National Baton Twirling Institute.
Interviews with a receptionist, a factory worker, and others about life on the job.
"If I had been a straight-A student my whole life and had rapped about Jesus coming back to save us all, I wouldn’t get no media. The motherfuckers wouldn’t give a fuck about me. But since I’m telling the truth, and been through what I’m stressing and know what I’m talking about, I’m a threat."
On surfer girls in Maui; the story that led to the film Blue Crush.
In what will likely be his last political act, Willie Nelson declares war on corporate marijuana.
A profile of New York Times obituary writer Alden Whitman.
Todd Marinovich was engineered from birth to be the greatest quarterback of all time. He ended up doing heroin in the locker room. A 2010 National Magazine Award winner, reprinted on Longform.
Dorothy Stratten was the focus of the dreams and ambitions of three men. One killed her.
The winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, available online for the first time.
Picking up the pieces in Afghanistan.
We reprinted this article on Longform to help raise money for the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, which in our friend Matt's memory will fund promising young writers to bring forward unreported stories of importance from overlooked corners of the world. Please donate today.
Investigating an infamous Yale secret society.
On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which led to the movie and the show.
On June 4, 1989, the bodies of Jo, Michelle and Christe were found floating in Tampa Bay. This is the story of the murders, their aftermath, and the handful of people who kept faith amid the unthinkable.
A reporter’s memories from a half-century of covering business.
The story of Rick James.
Scott Storch, a producer who earned six figures for beats he made in less than an hour, was worth an estimated $70 million. Then he blew it all in a bizarre cocaine binge.
An excerpt from the best-selling true crime book of all time.
The very early life of Joe Biden.
Rebellious teens on the Sunset Strip.
Reprinted by Longform and available online in full for the first time, this article also appears in Adler's new collection, After the Tall Timber.
A Taliban intelligence chief’s death and resurrection.
An orphan named Patience and an argument for open immigration.
A weekend with the only person on Earth who can survive five venomous snakebites in 48 hours.
Billionaire Marcelo Claure wants to help David Beckham bring professional soccer to South Florida. He just doesn't want to talk about it.
Two days after the Japanese tsunami, after the waves had left their destruction, as rescue workers searched the ruins, news came of an almost surreal survival: Miles out at sea, a man was found, alone, riding on nothing but the roof of his house.