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#Longreads: Holding Out for A Hero

#Longreads: Holding Out for A Hero

While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences purports that the Oscars honor the year’s greatest achievers in cinema, the ceremony, ever since its inception, has been a form of mythmaking. Every year, the industry comes together to induct a new class of icons into its ranks.

Which brings us to this week’s theme. This week’s edition of #Longreads contains five pieces that explore mythmaking in politics, entertainment and literature.

Just in time for the March 6 premiere of CNN’s new series “Chicagoland,” Steinberg’s article is neither critical, nor complimentary of Emanuel. As the focus of the article, Emanuel’s point-of-view is certainly privileged. Nevertheless, the piece provides a rich political and historical context for viewers looking to tune in for “Chicagoland.”

Schulman chronicles the ebb and flow of Ru Paul Charles’ career, intertwining the facts with a series of colorful anecdotes pulled from Schulman’s interviews with Charles.

French dissects the science of hero-making in Hollywood. 
Leibowitz examines whether Truthdig co-founders Zuade Kaufman and Robert Scheer have what it takes to reconcile their ideological commitments with the reality of sustaining a digital publication in the twenty-first century.
How does MacArthur Foundation Award recipient Yiyun Li get into her character’s heads? Staring, of course.

Rapid fire is the publishing world’s new normal, but inspiring long-form content is not a thing of the past. Enter #LongReads: a weekly post published on Fridays containing what we believe to be 5 of the most compelling pieces of long-form, entertainment-related content produced that week.

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