It’ll take a lot of scrolling but it’s worth it: 10 Recommended Long Reads from 2018 (Miguel Edition)

Do you like articles that make you scroll endlessly for the payoff?

My friend Miguel does. He put together a list of his top-10 long reads and I’m sharing it here.

Miguel’s notations in italics.

10. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/the-dukes-of-oxy-how-a-band-of-teen-wrestlers-built-a-smuggling-empire-226940/
How a crew of hard-partying Florida teens cashed in on an epidemic and built a multimillion-dollar OxyContin smuggling ring.

9. http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/06/inside-vice-media-shane-smith.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits&gtm=top&gtm=bottom
Really enjoyable breakdown of the rise of the Vice Empire.

8.https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/25/magazine/big-business-gwyneth-paltrow-wellness.html
Awesome NYTimes article on the insanity behind Gwyneth’s Goop brand.n

7.https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/12/world/middleeast/iraqi-spy-isis.html
Insane read on an Iraqi cop who infiltrated ISIS cells and single-handedly disrupted many attempted bombings etc.

6. https://www.theringer.com/music/2018/8/15/17687092/korn-follow-the-leader-20-years-nu-metal-limp-bizkit-woodstock-99-legacy?src=longreads&mc_cid=503c97c2db&mc_eid=ed320a01f0
Good Ringer article offering a critical reappraisal of Korn….yes Korn.

5.https://gizmodo.com/when-a-stranger-decides-to-destroy-your-life-1827546385
Absolutely chilling story of a woman’s life under attack by a complete stranger.

4. https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/the-cartel-next-door/
Super cinematic story on the lengths a cartel went to in order to eliminate a perceived enemy.

3https://longreads.com/2018/10/01/the-targeting-and-killing-of-a-helmandi-combatant/
A look at the moral issues and the psychology of those involved in organizing and executing air strikes on insurgents and enemy combatants.

2.https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/william-langewiesche-b-2-stealth-bomber/561719/
Think of this as a companion article to #3, a breakdown of the enormous cost and effort of a very rare bombing run done by the stealth bomber in Libya. Fascinating to see the training and set up that goes into the B2 Fighter.


1. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/kill-list-dark-web-hitmen
Hitmen for hire websites are invariably all bullshit….aren’t they?

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