Top 5 Longreads of 2011, So Far

5) "The Worldwide Leader in Dong Shots," Gabriel Sherman, GQ, February 2011 

When your editorial choices offend the sensibilities of Will Leitch, you know you’re doing something right.

"Even Will Leitch, the founding editor of Deadspin and one of Daulerio’s closest friends, has gotten a little queasy. At first, Leitch talked with Daulerio constantly about the site, hashing out ideas and offering advice. But in July 2009, when Daulerio posted a link to the Erin Andrews stalker video, Leitch thought he went too far. They remain close but no longer talk about Deadspin. Leitch, now a writer for New York magazine, told me he wouldn’t have published the Favre photos: ‘I never wanted people to feel like they needed to take a shower.’”

4) "Why Yasir Qadhi Wants to Talk About Jihad," Andrea Elliott, NY Times Magazine, March 17, 2011 

Every now and then, NY Times Magazine publishes a profile about someone who actually matter. This is one such case.

"In the basement of the religious-studies building, Qadhi settled into an empty room, flipped open his MacBook Pro (encased in Islamic apple green) and dialed in to an Internet conference call with more than 150 of his AlMaghrib students. “I want to be very frank here,” Qadhi said, his voice tight with exasperation. “Do you really, really think that blowing up a plane is Islamic? I mean, ask yourself this.” “

3) “Why Jews need to talk about the Nakba,” Noam Sheizaf, +972, May 14, 2011

+972 covers Israel and Palestine, but so do a lot of sites. What makes them different is that they offer both cogent analysis and well-written prose.

"I think that our real problem with the Palestinians has to do with the feeling that we need to ignore their story in order to hold on to our identity as Israelis – when in fact, we would never feel ‘at home’ without facing the wounds of the past"

2) "The Paranoid Style in Liberal Politics," Matthew Continetti, The Weekly Standard, April 4, 2011

I don’t generally read the Weekly Standard, but when I do…

"With the big firms working against him, Fred looked to opportunities overseas. He found them in, of all places, the Soviet Union. Stalin, engaged in a massive program of industrialization, was hiring capitalists to assist him. Between 1929 and 1931 Fred Koch built 15 oil-cracking plants in the USSR. The experience changed him irrevocably."

1) “Where Did the Korean Greengrocers Go?,” Laura Vanderkam, City Journal, January 2011 

Just read this.

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"After the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 opened the door to consistent migration from South Korea, Korean greengrocers, with their neat stacks of canned goods and their “stoop line” (sidewalk) spreads of apples, oranges, and flowers, became ubiquitous in the city, particularly in blighted and dangerous neighborhoods lacking regular grocers. But more recently, these stores have been vanishing. The Korean Produce Association reports that it has 2,500 members in the New York–New Jersey area, down from 3,000 a few decades ago.

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