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Ben Huberman


Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Past articles by Ben:

When Readers Support Longreads, We Can Nurture Strong Relationships with Writers

There's a direct link between our readers' commitment to Longreads and our ability to commit your favorite writers. → Read More

When Arnold Schwarzenegger Was the Newest Member of the Gym

From his earliest days in California, Arnold was a polarizing, impossible-to-ignore figure. → Read More

Breast Implants, Beyond Real and Fake

Nell Boeschenstein reflects on the culturally fraught discourse around post-mastectomy reconstruction. → Read More

Long Live the Oddly Charming Poetry of the Mail-Order Catalog

Hammacher Schlemmer, which publishes America’s longest-running catalog, still takes its product descriptions seriously. → Read More

Queer Eye Is an Upbeat Documentary of a Failing Social Order

How a hard-not-to-love show glosses over the powers that produced its makeover subjects. → Read More

“99 Luftballons” and the Grim Fairy Tales of ’80s West Germany

On storytelling in the shadow of Chernobyl, U.S. military planes, and not-so-distant German history. → Read More

Walking the Line in the Bekaa Valley

A traveling crew of slackliners is trying to bring a moment of balance to young Syrian refugees in Lebanon. → Read More

The Unexpected Reemergence of an Elusive Strain of Rice

Hill rice was supposed to be extinct, until a South Carolina chef stumbled on it -- in Trinidad. → Read More

The Placeless and the Privileged

On the macro forces that have made digital nomadism something more powerful, and more sinister, than just another "lifestyle choice." → Read More

Translation is Messy, Which is Why Google Translate Will Never Be Very Good at It

The popular online tool is great at rapid decoding. Extracting meaning? Not so much. → Read More

Why Do Millennials Love Horoscopes? (Hint: It’s Not Only Because They’re Free)

A new audience finds comfort and meme-ready material in an old pseudoscience. → Read More

An Ode to Sichuan’s Singular Sensation

The king of peppercorns is literally electric. → Read More

The Digital Age Won’t Kill Paper

Just like handwriting survived long after the introduction of print, paper is still very much part of our internet-era economy. → Read More

The Volcanologist’s Dilemma

In Naples, scientists find themselves grappling with unpredictable volcanoes and skeptical residents. → Read More

Server, Busser, Manager, Spy: Inside the High-Stakes World of Restaurant Oppo Research

When a famous critic enters a restaurant, they become the most scrutinized item on the menu. → Read More

The Sandwich Whisperer of Victoria Street

The art of sandwich-making requires "tenacity, knowledge, know-how, flair." → Read More

Will Podcasts and Video Journalism Make Our Syntax Less Rich?

The days of the long, sinuous, multi-clause sentence might be numbered. → Read More

Unreal Estate: A Reading List on Our Shifting Vision of “Home”

In an age of economic and political instability, what do the spaces we dwell in say about us? → Read More

Misogyny, Translated

The first woman translator of Homer's 'Odyssey' subtly unpacks the politics of the poem -- and of the male translators that preceded her. → Read More

An Oregon Wolf, Profiled

A fateful encounter between Oregon's mightiest wolf and the scientist who would track him for the next six years. → Read More