The Ten Most-Read Miami Longform Stories of 2015

Some say the longform story is a thing of the past, but in every weekly issue of the New Times, you'll find one front and center. And if longform writing in dead, it seems nobody has told our readers because some of our most popular and most-read stories of 2015 happen to be these behemoth endeavors.

From men trying to regrow their foreskins to the Miami connection to the FIFA corruption scandal, you have read it all this year. So thank you for taking the time to read the stories we put a lot of work into week after week.

The Ten Most-Read Miami Longform Stories of 2015
Photo by Stian Roenning

10. Meet the Circumcised Men in Miami Trying to Regrow Their Foreskins
Murphy is one of thousands of men who resent being circumcised, which they liken to genital mutilation. They call themselves "restorers," and they try to stretch their skin to take the place of what was snipped away at birth.

The Ten Most-Read Miami Longform Stories of 2015
Photo by Monica McGivern

9. Zoo Miami's Ron Magill Has Earned His Place in the Spotlight
Ron Magill has worked at Zoo Miami since it opened in 1980. He became a world-renowned wildlife ambassador long before reality TV, Jeff Corwin, or Steve Irwin. He got his first taste of fame in the '80s while working as an alligator handler on the set of Miami Vice, then became a hero after Hurricane Andrew destroyed cages at the zoo and his animal rescues made national news.

The Ten Most-Read Miami Longform Stories of 2015
Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg

8. Jason Genova: The Saga of a Publix Bag Boy Turned YouTube Bodybuilding Celebrity
On paper, Jason Genova is a broke Boynton Beach nobody. But thanks to a combination of single-minded drive and the internet's weird magic, he's become a looming figure in the corners of the web devoted to fitness, weightlifting, and bodybuilding.

The Ten Most-Read Miami Longform Stories of 2015
Illustration by Brian Stauffer

7. Aaron Davidson's Stunning Soccer Bribery Case Could Clean Up FIFA's Corruption
The story of Aaron Davidson — the only American-born defendant charged in the vast case — has mostly been lost amid tabloid-worthy tales of blatant graft funding luxury penthouses in New York City, palatial estates in Trinidad, and gala lakefront parties in Switzerland. But Davidson's downfall is operatic in its own way. It's the stunning undoing of a brilliant, exasperating would-be visionary, an Alex P. Keaton-like prodigy with world-conquering dreams who lived in a million-dollar Brickell Key condo and jetted around the globe with soccer stars.

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