Michael Hobbes

Michael Hobbes

Journalist & Animator

Contributing editor and producer at Highline. Former human rights consultant.

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How to Write About Tax Havens and the Super-Rich

If you’re a Russian oil billionaire or a Nigerian bureaucro-baron and you want to hide some of your money from national taxes and local scrutiny, London real estate is a great place to stash it.


An Interview With a Therapist Who Was Once Insane

Joe Guppy is a writer, actor and psychotherapist living in Seattle. Thirty-five years ago, he was 23 years old and a mental patient.

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Longreads Best of 2012: Michael Hobbes

Michael Hobbes lives in Berlin. His essays from his blog, Rottin’ in Denmark, were featured on Longreads this year.  I read news when I want to be entertained. I read features when I want to learn …...

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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist. Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox. * * *...

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Why Corporations Produce Clothes at Unsafe Factories Even When They Ban Suppliers From Using Them

Michael Hobbes has an eye-opening story in Highline, The Huffington Post’s features and investigations vertical, about why it’s impossible to eliminate sweatshops through boycotting and shopping et…...


The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our story picks of the week, featuring Rolling Stone, The New Republic, GQ, Hazlitt, and Jezebel....

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Why One ‘Big Idea’ Won’t Save the World

In the late ’90s, an MIT economics professor named Michael Kremer wanted to find out if school kids in Kenya were better served by being given free textbooks or medicine that would eradicate …...

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‘What If It Comes Out Shaped Like a Fin?’: Mike Albo on His Fears as a Sperm Donor

From The Cut’s excerpt of Mike Albo’s funny, touching, all-around excellent new Kindle Single, Spermhood....

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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

The best stories of the week, as chosen by the editors of Longreads....


October 5, 2012

“Prison Rape: Obama’s Program to Stop It.” — David Kaiser, Lovisa Stannow, New York Review of Books More from NYRB...

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An Encounter With a Serial Killer

“You blink. You look again. You look at other photos. You wonder if you’re being melodramatic, if your memory is faulty. You wonder if people will believe you, or simply think your imaginatio…...

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Why is the AIDS Epidemic So Severe in the United States?

The nice thing about videos is that you can present a ton of information without having to explain each data point....

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October 25, 2012

The writer recalls her past life, without family and hitching rides at truck stops—and a time in which she may have crossed paths with a serial killer: I had a vision of Lisa Pennal as a truck-stop…...


Best of 2012

In addition to our own list of top picks, we asked a number of writers and editors to share their favorite Longreads from 2012....

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On Fashion and Functioning

In “Fashioning Normal,” Esmé Weijun Wang writes at Catapult about performing wellness in the midst of mental illness....