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.
“And Now for the Further Adventures of Rahm the Impaler” by Neil Steinberg, published by Esquire
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.”
- “In Drag, It turns Out, There Are Second Acts” by Michael Schulman, published by The New York Times
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.
“The Last, Disposable Action Hero” by Alex French, published by The New York Times
“Can you Dig It? Yes You Can. by Ed Leibowitz, published by Los Angeles Magazine
- “An Uncomfortable Trick for Honest Writing: Staring at Strangers” by Joe Fassler, published by The Atlantic
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.