1. creatavist:

We’re thrilled to announce the release of “The Gutbucket King,” by Barry Yeoman. It’s Issue No. 2 of The New New South, and it’s on sale now! It includes music and interviews with Little Freddie King, as well as files for e-readers.

    creatavist:

    We’re thrilled to announce the release of “The Gutbucket King,” by Barry Yeoman. It’s Issue No. 2 of The New New South, and it’s on sale now! It includes music and interviews with Little Freddie King, as well as files for e-readers.

  2. Manute Bol was NBA’s first African-born player the first African-born player drafted into the NBA. At 7”7’ Bol is still the tallest man to ever play in the NBA, but he’s more than just an athlete:

"Bol lived a life befitting a man of such an outsized body. At any given moment, you could find him on a basketball court or a television screen, in a congressional meeting or a war zone, in a hut or a mansion. He sometimes gambled. He often boozed. No matter the backdrop, he always worked to ensure that those around him were happy. In time his bonds with his teammates on the court, winning games and entertaining fans, would be replaced by one with a young man from his war-torn village, fighting to educate their people and free their homeland. But every moment, he was meticulously crafting the legend of Manute Bol."

Read “The Defender” by Jordan Conn.

    Manute Bol was NBA’s first African-born player the first African-born player drafted into the NBA. At 7”7’ Bol is still the tallest man to ever play in the NBA, but he’s more than just an athlete:

    "Bol lived a life befitting a man of such an outsized body. At any given moment, you could find him on a basketball court or a television screen, in a congressional meeting or a war zone, in a hut or a mansion. He sometimes gambled. He often boozed. No matter the backdrop, he always worked to ensure that those around him were happy. In time his bonds with his teammates on the court, winning games and entertaining fans, would be replaced by one with a young man from his war-torn village, fighting to educate their people and free their homeland. But every moment, he was meticulously crafting the legend of Manute Bol."



    Read “The Defender” by Jordan Conn.

  3. A reform school, a terrible secret, and a hundred-year fight for justice.
Read The Bones of Marianna by David Kushner.

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    A reform school, a terrible secret, and a hundred-year fight for justice.

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  4. 
“Then one evening, (Cooper) was awakened in the cottage where he slept by a hand gripping his neck. Two guards—one larger than him, one smaller—dragged him barefoot outside. They wouldn’t say where they were taking him as they threw him into the back of an old blue Ford. They drove along the rocky dirt roads across campus until they reached a little white building. Cooper had never been sent to the White House before himself, but he had heard the stories of kids being taken there to be whipped—or worse.”
 
—From David Kushner’s The Bones of Marianna

Photo: Florida Photographic Collection

    “Then one evening, (Cooper) was awakened in the cottage where he slept by a hand gripping his neck. Two guards—one larger than him, one smaller—dragged him barefoot outside. They wouldn’t say where they were taking him as they threw him into the back of an old blue Ford. They drove along the rocky dirt roads across campus until they reached a little white building. Cooper had never been sent to the White House before himself, but he had heard the stories of kids being taken there to be whipped—or worse.”

     

    —From David Kushner’s The Bones of Marianna

    Photo: Florida Photographic Collection

  5. David Kushner investigates the shocking history of Florida’s Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. The school, which was once the largest juvenile reform facility in the nation, closed in 2011 amidst allegations that staff members beat, raped, and even murdered children throughout the course of its 111 year history. Read The Bones of Marianna for $3.99 from The Atavist. 

  6. When little Tulsa became a boomtown, oil men like M. A. Wright earned fortunes that would support their families for generations. But who is really family? In The Oilman’s Daughter, Evan Ratliff sets out to untangle a family drama that raises questions about the durability of identity, the slipperiness of truth, and the ways that greed can turn even the closest relatives into strangers.

  7. I wasn’t born angry.

    — Jonathan Franzen thinks the Internet is evil

  8. This could be a scene from the TV show Breaking Bad, except it really happened. Lou Villar, a Spanish teacher turned drug smuggler, describes his first encounter with Mexican cartel leader Roberto Beltrán. Read the entire tale for free this month, courtesy of Warby Parker

  9. Mobster Whitey Bulger was found guilty of an array of crimes yesterday, including murders, extortion, money laundering, and illegal gun possession.
Take a look at WBUR’s Bulger on Trial (if you haven’t already), built with Creatavist. 

    Mobster Whitey Bulger was found guilty of an array of crimes yesterday, including murders, extortion, money laundering, and illegal gun possession.

    Take a look at WBUR’s Bulger on Trial (if you haven’t already), built with Creatavist

  10. “You have to get used to feeling like a parasite and trying to minimize that as much as possible.” Sean Flynn on the Longform podcast.