9 Longform Stories We’re Reading This Week

This week BuzzReads catches up with W. Kamau Bell, host of the talk show now airing weeknights on the new FXX. Read Michael Tedder’s profile and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the Web.

1. W. Kamau Bell Is Trying To Become A Thing — BuzzReads

A few years ago, sick of performing for San Francisco audiences who didn’t want to hear about race or politics, he was ready to quit comedy completely. Now he’s the host of TV’s most diverse, boundary-pushing nightly talk show, which just happens to be the flagship of a new network. No pressure or anything. Read it at BuzzReads.

2. The Scariest Question for Anthony Weiner: What’s Next? — BuzzFeed

Associated Press

The self-proclaimed “imperfect messenger” lost his best shot at his life’s greatest ambition last Tuesday night. Ruby Cramer asks: “What’s your plan for tomorrow?” Read it at BuzzFeed.

3. Unreality StarThe New Yorker

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College sophomore Nick Lotz was spiraling out of control — abusing drugs and becoming increasingly paranoid — when everything became clear: he was the star of a television program. And he wasn’t alone. Andrew Marantz reports on the rise of the Truman Show delusion. Read it at The New Yorker.

4. The Geeks on the Front LinesRolling Stone

Charles Ommanney for Rolling Stone

David Kushner reports on cyberwar and its soldiers from a hacker conference called HackMiami: “Some are felons. Some are con artists. But they’re all here for the same mission: to show off their skills and perhaps attract the attention of government and corporate recruiters. Scouts are here looking for a new breed of soldier to win the war raging in the online shadows.” Read it at Rolling Stone.

5. Why James Deen Will Never Leave Porn — BuzzFeed

New Sensations Video

Louis Peitzman profiles the porn star: “Deen’s strong sense of self makes it easier for him to answer the persistent questions that have dogged him since The Canyons was first announced: Why not put those movie-star good looks to use as a movie star? When will the nice Jewish boy next door learn to keep his pants buttoned?” Read it at BuzzFeed.

6. MGMT — Pitchfork

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With their third album, Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser continue to chase their psych-rock whims while falling deeper into a musical abyss that’s as goofy as it is dark. Will their legion of neon-clad followers come along for the ride? Read it at Pitchfork.

7. A Legacy of Survival — Narratively

Alison Brockhouse for Narratively

As the number of remaining Holocaust survivors dwindles, support groups for second- and third-generation descendants have arisen to both share their experiences and preserve their parents’ or grandparents’ stories. Read it at Narratively.

8. A Soldier’s WifeThe Los Angeles Times

Rick Loomis for The Los Angeles Times

Candace Desmond-Woods waited for her husband while he was fighting in Iraq. When he returned a PTSD-stricken alcoholic, she found herself waiting for him again, as he fought another, more brutal war. Read it at The Los Angeles Times.

9. Is Thomas Matlack Bad For Good Men? — BuzzReads

Courtesy of Tom Matlack

The now-departed founder of the Good Men Project wanted to set an example and provide a forum for guys to express themselves about their own doubts and struggles, only to wind up alienating feminists, publishing an unapologetic rapist, and seemingly abandoning his own lofty ideals. Read it at BuzzReads.

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