The best long reading session in 2020


Oxford scandal: the mysterious case of the stolen gospel – Charlotte HigginsWhat links an eccentric Oxford classic, billionaire U.S. evangelicals, and a small, incomplete fragment of an ancient manuscriptFor seven decades, India has been kept together by its constitution, which guarantees freedom for all.

But the BJP of Narendra Modi is turning the nation into one where some people are considered more Indian than others. How ultra-processed food has taken over your shopping basket – Bee WilsonIt’s inexpensive, attractive and convenient, and it’s hard not to eat it every day.

The Invisible City: How a Homeless Man Built an Underground Life – Tom LamontDominic Van Allen dug a bunker under a public park himself after decades among the hidden homeless.

But his life becomes even more fragile ‘The unthinkable has already happened’: What the Coronavirus Can Tell Us About Hope – Rebecca Solnit We discover that strong, meaningful change is possible in the midst of fear and alienation Within the mind of Dominic Cummings – Stefan Collini He has become the de facto project leader of the world, but what does he really believe? To find out, I read (almost) all that Cummings wrote in the last decade of Cholera and the Coronavirus: Why We Must Not Make the Same Mistakes—Neil SinghCholera has been largely conquered in the West, but in developing countries it still kills tens of thousands every year.

Golden Dawn: The Rise and Fall of Greek Neo-Nazis – Daniel Trilling A decade ago, violent racists manipulated a national crisis and joined the political mainstream in Greece. In the quest for a cure for coronavirus, we must ensure that it is available to all people, not only those in rich nations. The party has since been embroiled in Nuremberg’s largest Nazi trial and is now crumbling, but its success remains a warning. Tampon Wars: The Fight for the Tampax Empire – Sophie Elmhirst For decades, the world of tampons has been dominated by one company.

The Last of the Zoroastrians – Shaun WalkerA funeral, a family, and a journey through a fading faith Counted: Trump’s Desperate Fight for the Minority Vote – Gary Younge How Republicans applied old-school bigotry to the modern demographic and lost The Man in the Iron Lung – Linda Rodriguez McRobbieW Linda Rodriguez McRobbie He’s 74 now, and one of the few people in the world to ever use an iron lung.

But he didn’t intend to be threatened by another after surviving a deadly outbreak. The End of Tourism? – Christopher de Bellaigue Global tourism has been ravaged by the pandemic, and many would say, “Good riddance to crowded cities and trash-strewn natural wonders.”

Is there a way to reinvent an industry that causes so much harm? (And if you liked this, on the decline of the airline industry, we also suggest Samanth Subramanian) My Four Miscarriages: Why is the loss of pregnancy so enveloped in mystery? -Jennie AggJennie Agg set out to uncover the science of miscarriages after losing four pregnancies. Then, a few months later, she found that she was pregnant again-just as the coronavirus pandemic hitBringing up the corpses: the retired couple who find drowning victims-Doug HornerGene and Sandy Ralston are a married couple in their 70s who are also among the leading experts in discovering dead bodies in North AmericaThe Fight Over Dyslexia-Sirin KaleIt was once a commonly accepted explanation.

But in recent years, the nature of dyslexia has started to be challenged by some experts. How Nespresso’s Coffee Revolution Went Down – Ed Cumming The sleek, trendy capsule system of Nestlé has changed the way we drink coffee.

But in an age where everybody is a coffee snob and waste is a negative thing, will it survive? The Best of the Long Read in 2019Read morePatrick BarkhamA handful of progressive nature lovers secretly breed endangered species and release them into the wild, how free-thinking wilders try to turn back the tide of extinction.

Some are prepared to break the law and risk the scientific establishment’s wrath to save the animals they love.


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