Longreads: February 6th with 10 links


Here are a few of the most interesting longreads I’ve read this week. If you feel like consuming even more longreads, check out TheLongRead, a subbreddit dedicated to sharing interesting longreads on the Internet.

The High Price of Being Single in America: Over a lifetime, unmarried women can pay as much as a million dollars more than their married counterparts for healthcare, taxes, and more. – by Lisa Arnold & Christina Campbell – http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/01/the-high-price-of-being-single-in-america/267043/

For Amusement Only: the life and death of the American arcade: If you’ve never been inside a “real” arcade, it could be hard to distinguish one from say, oh, a Dave & Buster’s. Authenticity is a hard nut to crack, but there are a few hallmarks of the video game arcade of days gone by: first, they have video games. – by Laura June – http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/16/3740422/the-life-and-death-of-the-american-arcade-for-amusement-only

Awakening: Since its introduction in 1846, anesthesia has allowed for medical miracles. Limbs can be removed, tumors examined, organs replaced—and a patient will feel and remember nothing. Or so we choose to believe. – by Joshua Lang – http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/01/awakening/309188/

Internal Time: The Science of Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired: Debunking the social stigma around late risers, or what Einstein has to do with teens’ risk for smoking. “Six hours’ sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool,” Napoleon famously prescribed. – by Maria Popova – http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/05/11/internal-time-till-roenneber/

Justice Delayed: As the disappeared from the Kurdish-Turkish conflict are unearthed from unmarked graves, will the government help deliver justice? When I met him last March, Davut Akyon was clawing at the fresh brown earth in Bağözü, a village in Southeast Turkey. – by Patrick Wrigley – http://www.guernicamag.com/features/justice-delayed/

Is Scientology Self-Destructing?: It’s cold in Buffalo, and signs of the housing recovery are hard to see. Take the long walk down Main Street and you’ll pass foreclosed homes, a shuttered hospice, and more than a few yellowing FOR SALE signs. – by Alex Klein – http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexklein/is-scientology-self-destructing

‘Quadruple helix’ DNA discovered in human cells: The findings mark the culmination of over 10 years investigation by scientists to show these complex structures in vivo – in living human cells – working from the hypothetical, through computational modelling to synthetic lab experiments and finally the identification in human cancer cells using flu – by more news – http://phys.org/news/2013-01-quadruple-helix-dna-human-cells.html

The NRA vs. America: Eleven days after the massacre, Wayne LaPierre – a lifelong political operative who had steadied the National Rifle Association through many crises – stood before an American flag and soberly addressed the nation about firearms and student safety: “We believe in absolutely gun-free, zero-tolera – by Tim Dickinson – http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-nra-vs-america-20130131

How to Save a Dying Language: It was a sunny morning in May, and I was in a car with a linguist and a tax preparer trolling the suburbs of Chicago for native speakers of Aramaic, the 3,000-year-old language of Jesus. – by ARIEL SABAR – http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ideas-innovations/How-to-Save-a-Dying-Language-187947061.html

The Smartphone Have-Nots: Earlier this month, Larry Mishel, the president of the Economic Policy Institute, stood at a lectern in a small hotel conference room in San Diego and fiddled with a computer until his PowerPoint presentation flashed on the screen. – by ADAM DAVIDSON – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/magazine/income-inequality.html