Longform

At some point I’ll have to do a post about last week’s move and other burdens, but for today, more random reading material:

I remember at various points this past weekend (and at various beers this past weekend), describing articles I’d read recently, and saying, “I should send you the link,” and having the listener(s) respond, “Yes, please do send me the link.” Unfortunately, now I can’t remember to whom I was describing which stories, and my reading subjects being what they’ve been recently (read: weird), there’s no logic to pair one friend to “Scientology” and another to “bull goring.”

And, frankly, I didn’t want to guess wrong and wind up being That Friend Who Sends Articles About Pedophiles.

So, if I promised you a link, look for it here. If I didn’t, I probably meant to. Here’s some shit that caught my attention and gave me some much-needed distraction during the past week or two of utter, painful insanity.

(Side note: Recently discovered feature-length story aggregator longform.org is awesome for finding random shit to read about.)

In Plain View: How child molesters get away with it. Jerry Sandusky is just the jumping-off point for this story that uses anecdotes from psychiatrists about how pedophiles manipulate the people around them–victims and witnesses–and walk a careful line, so that they’re not “technically” doing anything wrong–until they are. Plus it offers an interesting look at how Joe Paterno’s own psychological makeup fit into Sandusky’s story.

The Blind Faith of the One-Eyed Matador. Interesting look into the world of bullfighting; also, an amazing, horrifying, graphic description of this guy getting his face damn-near ripped off. (With pictures!)

Jani’s at the Mercy of Her Mind. A six-year-old with schizophrenia, which is a terrifying disease to begin with, and apparently it’s way worse the rare times it affects children.

On Falling Apart. Relatively short but refreshingly candid story from a woman who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 30.

“The Best TV Show That’s Ever Been.” An “oral history” of Cheers–interviews with cast members and the creators help construct how they all got involved in what turned out to be an incredible show, how they perceived it, their relationships, and their extracurricular drug- and alcohol-fueled craziness. (And the fact that Kelsey Grammer stood out enough to require TWO separate interventions really says something.)

Eyes Wide Shut. OK, this is actually from our September issue, but it’s good (and thanks to its appearance on Longform, it’s garnered more than 10,000 views)–a look at Peg Nadel, widow of our homegrown ponzi schemer Art Nadel.

The Boy They Couldn’t Kill. The story of the destruction wrought by former NFLer Rae Carruth, who was convicted of ordering the murder of his pregnant girlfriend in 2001. It’s told from the heartbreaking (and fairly inspiring) point of view of the girl’s mother, who took custody of her grandson, who was disabled due to oxygen deprivation in the womb after his mother was shot. Carruth’s appearances in the story are particularly maddening.

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