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10 of the Best Longreads We Devoured in 2015


So much to read, so little time.

Lucky for you, we’ve compiled ten of 2015’s best longreads—from gripping true crime investigations to the humorously surreal global saga of a stolen iPhone—to help you kill some of that time as you travel for the holidays.

“The Lonely Death of George Bell” (N.R. Kleinfield – The New York Times)


Each year around 50,000 people die in New York, some alone and unseen. Yet death even in such forlorn form can cause a surprising amount of activity. Sometimes, along the way, a life’s secrets are revealed.

“Yankees Suck! Yankees Suck!” (Amos Barshad – Grantland.com)


The twisted, true story of the drug-addled, beer-guzzling hardcore punks who made the most popular T-shirts in Boston history.

“Blood Ties: A College Romance That Led to Murder” (Nathan Heller – The New Yorker)


Two brilliant college lovers were convicted of a brutal slaying. All these years later, why has the case become a cause?

“The New Normal: Pieces of Grief” (Stephanie Wittels Wachs – Medium)


Stephanie Wittels Wachs, older sister of late comedian Harris Wittels, reflects on his life and untimely death.

“I Followed My Stolen iPhone Across The World, Became A Celebrity In China, And Found A Friend For Life” (Matt Stopera – BuzzFeed)


The utterly surreal and insane story of how a stolen iPhone in New York City turned into an international tale of celebrity and friendship.

“The Untold Story of Silk Road” (Joshua Bearman – WIRED)


Part I: The Rise

How a 29-year-old idealist built a global drug bazaar on the dark web and became a murderous kingpin.

Part II: The Fall

By 2012, Ross Ulbricht’s online drug bazaar had grown into a worldwide empire. But the feds were closing in.

“Searching For Sugar Daddy” (Taffy Brodesser-Akner – GQ)


Do you ever see a super-old, super-rich guy out on the town with a super-young girl who’s super out of his league and wonder, how the hell did that happen? This is how it happened. An investigation into the bold new transactional-love economy.

“The Fire on the 57 Bus in Oakland” (Dashka Slater – The New York Times)


How a chance encounter on a bus in Oakland inextricably changed the lives of two young people forever.

“Cicada: Solving the Web’s Deepest Mystery” (David Kushner – Rolling Stone)


How one teenage whiz kid found himself in a world of international intrigue.

“The Friend” (Matthew Teague – Esquire)


His wife was just thirty-four. They had two little girls. The cancer was everywhere, and the parts of dying that nobody talks about were about to start. His best friend came to help out for a couple weeks. And he never left.

Happy reading, and safe travels towards a healthy 2016 from all of us at Real Art.

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