This week for BuzzReads, Nicole Pasulka profiles a transgender woman who sued the D.C. police. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web.
After D.C. resident Patti Hammond Shaw was arrested, she claimed male officers searched her and locked her up with men who allegedly abused and threatened her. This is how she fought to make sure this won’t happen to others. Read it at BuzzFeed.
2. Lance Armstrong in Purgatory: The Afterlife — Esquire
John H. Richardson visits with the cyclist — now legendary for reasons off the bike: “Life is good, he insists. He has five happy children. He’s learned who his real friends are. And he is learning to not fight all the time. Really. A fringe benefit of crushing defeat is learning to accept things.” Read it at Esquire.
3. Cliven Bundy’s War — GQ
Zach Baron travels to the Nevada desert eight days after a “successful” rebellion against the US government: “Before the republic — that’s what I’d been calling it in my head: the Independent Sovereign Republic of Cliven Bundy — this was a disused gravel pit. Now it’s a sandy hospitality suite for the men who’d come to fight.” Read it at GQ.
In St. Charles, Missouri, a once popular college wrestler named Michael Johnson was incarcerated for exposing partners to HIV — to much community uproar. Steven Thrasher examines why so many are so eager to turn against him. Read it at BuzzFeed.
The “Nordic model” is becoming ever more influential around the world, Jina Moore reports. But public health officials and some human rights workers wonder if Sweden is making life worse for prostitutes. Read it at BuzzFeed.
6. I Am the Real Nick Cave — New York Times Magazine
John Wray profiles the singular musician, screenwriter, novelist, and occasional actor as he promotes 20,000 Days on Earth, a film about his life. “Perhaps more than any of his contemporaries … Cave has managed to invent a self-contained, coherent fictional world that both he and his followers can enter at will; a kind of exercise in collaborative mythmaking that seems to deepen with each variation on the theme.” Read it at the New York Times Magazine.
7. Swing Away: The Untold Story Of The First Home Run Derby — Fox Sports
Twenty years ago, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game featured the first-ever home run derby. Erik Malinowski explains what made it so special: “All that the contest needed to do was live up to the hype. What resulted instead was a fortuitous confluence of events that added up to one of the most remarkable afternoons in baseball history.” Read it at Fox Sports.
8. “Speaking up every. Fucking. Time” — Matter
Elizabeth Spiers set out to profile Shanley Kane, the 27-year-old co-creator and now sole proprietor of Model View Culture, a media organization focused on diversity in tech. What she found was a surprising challenge. Read it at Matter.
9. She’s Still Dying on Facebook — The Atlantic
Five years after her best high school friend died, the result of a long struggle with addiction, Julie Buntin writes movingly about her continued half-life on social media. Read it at The Atlantic.
This week for BuzzReads, Mark Oppenheimer questions whether organized atheism is hostile to women. Read that and these other stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
1. Will Misogyny Bring Down the Atheist Movement? — BuzzFeed
The continuing debate over a murky sexual encounter at a 2008 convention for cheekily anti-establishment skeptics underscores a broader dilemma: How can a progressive, important intellectual community behave so poorly towards its female peers? Read it at BuzzFeed.
2. The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys — The Atlantic
A fascinating story by Jenny Nordberg about why some families in Afghanistan raise their daughters as boys until they hit puberty — despite much risk. Read it at The Atlantic.
More than 60,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have already arrived this year. Two of the lucky ones tell their harrowing story to BuzzFeed News’ Nicolás Medina Mora. Read it at BuzzFeed.
4. The Wet Stuff — Grantland
How did a Kansas City water park decide to build the biggest, tallest, fastest water slide in history? Bryan Curtis goes to the Midwest to find out (and to ride the thing, too). Read it at Grantland.
5. The Eternal Paternal — New Yorker
Kelefa Sanneh on Bill Cosby: “When The Cosby Show made its debut, in 1984, he was already one of the most successful comics of his generation, and a television star of long standing. The show made him an American archetype: the personification of fatherhood, a word that was also the title of his best-selling book of observations and advice.” Read it at the New Yorker.
6. At Home, Kinda, With Ryan Adams — BuzzFeed
An alt-country wunderkind who hates country music, a restlessly prolific songwriter stifled by his label, a reformed hell-raiser determined to maintain privacy in a celebrity marriage. For 20 tumultuous years, Bob Mehr writes, Ryan Adams has done things the hard way, but thanks to a thriving new studio-cum-clubhouse — and a surprising amount of pinball — he’s finally at ease. Read it at BuzzFeed.
7. Double T’s Last Ride — SB Nation
Susan Shepard introduces an iconic Texas Tech mascot, a horrible tragedy that befell it twenty years ago, and how both reflect unique Lubbock, Texas: “In Lubbock, Texas, people bleed black and red.” Read it at SB Nation.
Anne Helen Petersen builds as a Tinder simulator to discover what makes us swipe right: “more than other dating services, which offer up comprehensive match dossiers, Tinder appears to encourage these narratives and crystallize the extrapolation process and package it into a five-second, low-stakes decision. We swipe, in other words, because of semiotics.” Read it at BuzzFeed.
9. Excarnation in Texas — Oxford American
An essay by Alex Mar about visiting a body farm and the lives of the people who’ve donated their bodies to science: “The smell of rotting human corpses is unique and uniquely efficient. You need never have experienced the scent before, but the moment you do, you recognize it: the stench of something gone horribly wrong. It reeks of rotten milk and wet leather.” Read it at Oxford American.
This week, stories about Detroit’s backlog of untested rape kits, what it’s like being a young adult with cancer, battling Danish brewers, the future of clean coal, a very successful silver thief, and more from around the web.
1. Being Raped in a Bankrupt City — BuzzFeed
There’s currently a backlog of over 11,000 untested rape kits in Detroit. Emily Orley introduces the prosecutor who’s attempting to change that — and the hurdles she faces. Read it at BuzzFeed.
2. The Overprotected Kid — The Atlantic
Hanna Rosin discusses the shift toward hyper-safe playgrounds, one that hasn’t actually resulted in kids being safer, and in fact has a negative effect on their development. A new playground instead allows kids to literally play with fire — and may be the solution. Read it at The Atlantic.
3. On the Trail of a Silver Thief — Garden & Gun
Kim Severson discusses a highly skilled burglar who investigators believe made off with $12 million of fine silver from nearly a hundred homes in six Southern states over three years: “For most victims, the lost silver was an irreplaceable link to their history and their ancestors. They had become caretakers of the family legacy, and in a flash, it was gone.” Read it at Garden & Gun.
4. A Fight is Brewing — New York Times Magazine
A fascinating look at the Danish identical twins behind cult breweries Mikkeller and Evil Twin: “The Bjergso brothers have opposite temperaments: Mikkel is reserved; Jeppe is an extrovert. And they are not on good terms, despite — or rather, because of — their shared infatuation with beer. They haven’t spoken to each other in more than a year.” Read it at The New York Times Magazine.
Iris Mansour discusses the 6% of cancer patients who are 15 – 39, and the unique challenges they face. “Young adults battling cancer must face tortuous questions: Will my boyfriend or girlfriend abandon me to the demands of my disease? Can my friends relate to me anymore?” Read it at Mashable.
6. The Duke Lacrosse Player Still Outrunning His Past — Vanity Fair
It’s been eight years since the Duke lacrosse team entered the national spotlight. Some of the players who were falsely accused of rape have moved on. But for Ryan McFadyen — who sent an email to teammates that became fodder for media speculation — the past hasn’t been so easy to leave behind. Read it at Vanity Fair.
Charles C. Mann reports from China: “Because most Americans rarely see coal, they tend to picture it as a relic of the 19th century, black stuff piled up in Victorian alleys. In fact, a lump of coal is a thoroughly ubiquitous 21st-century artifact, as much an emblem of our time as the iPhone.” Read it at Wired.
8. A Long Journey to Spring — ESPN The Magazine
This Tuesday, Mike Jirschele will spend his first Opening Day in the major leagues. It’s only taken him 36 years to make it to the majors — but he’s finally getting the call as a coach for the Kansas City Royals. His story only starts with baseball, though. Read it at ESPN The Magazine.
Rapper Young Thug could be hip-hop’s next big star, but his career has hit frustrating music-industry roadblocks along the way. Naomi Zeichner asks how that happened — and what can labels do for rappers now, anyway. Read it at BuzzFeed.
This week for BuzzReads, Amanda Petrusich explores why astrology is gaining popularity. Read that and these other great stories from around BuzzFeed and web.
1. Is It Time For Us To Take Astrology Seriously? — BuzzFeed
In an April marked by angry eclipses portending unexpected change, the ancient, long-debunked practice of astrology and its preeminent ambassador might be weirdly suited for the 21st century. Read it at BuzzFeed.
2. The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie — New York Times
A beautifully written and beautifully presented story by John Jeremiah Sullivan about about searching for two mysterious women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace. Read it at the New York Times.
3. The Confidence Gap — The Atlantic
Katty Kay and Claire Shipman discuss the confidence gap that exists between men and women, about which they’ve written a book: “Compared with men, women don’t consider themselves as ready for promotions, they predict they’ll do worse on tests, and they generally underestimate their abilities. This disparity stems from factors ranging from upbringing to biology.” Read it at The Atlantic.
4. Station to Station — Pitchfork
An lengthy but outstanding piece by Eric Harvey examining the past, present and future of streaming music. He explores how the rise of sites like Spotify and Pandora are affecting the ideas of taste, access and ownership, and listeners and artists alike. Read it at Pitchfork.
5. A Star Player Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation — New York Times
A must-read piece by Walt Bogdanich about the Florida State University freshman who was allegedly raped by Jameis Winston, the eventual Heisman Trophy winner — and the flawed investigation that followed. Read it at the New York Times.
6. Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig’s Untold Journey to the Dodgers — Los Angeles Magazine
Baseball fans have seen the talents of Yasiel Puig, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ right fielder who crushed 19 homers and nearly won the Rookie of the Year award in 2013. What they haven’t heard is the story of his journey to the States — one that involves a boxer, a pinup girl, a Santeria priest, and a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. And a whole lot of money. Read it at Los Angeles Magazine.
Quantum of the Seas sets sail in November and could mark the beginning of boom times for the industry, Peter Lauria writes, or it could forever doom it. Read it at BuzzFeed.
8. It’s Adventure Time — The Awl
Maria Bustillos on the kids (is it for kids?) show: “Adventure Time is a smash hit cartoon aimed primarily at kids age six to eleven. It’s also a deeply serious work of moral philosophy, a rip-roaring comic masterpiece, and a meditation on gender politics and love in the modern world.” Read it at The Awl.
9. Gabriel GarcÃa MÃ¡rquez, The Art of Fiction No. 69 — The Paris Review
A 1981 interview with the Colombian writer, who died this week at age 87. “It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there’s not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.” Read it at The Paris Review.