Long reads

Weekend long reads – 12 January

Take some time this weekend to delve a bit deeper and enjoy these long reads.

Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice? – Paul Tullis (New York Times)

Most modern justice systems focus on a crime, a lawbreaker and a punishment. But a concept called “restorative justice” considers harm done and strives for agreement from all concerned — the victims, the offender and the community — on making amends. And it allows victims, who often feel shut out of the prosecutorial process, a way to be heard and participate.

The Rise of DIY Abortions – Ada Calhoun (The New Republic)

Jennie Linn McCormack took pills to end her pregnancy and hid the fetus under her bed. Her case could change the course of abortion law in America.

Law Student Unveils Life in Iran – Susan Seligson (BU Today)

Although his family left Iran for Toronto when he was 12, Ali Delforoush retains an intimate connection to his native country and to a people he believes are largely misunderstood.

The Notable Films of 2013 – Garth Franklin (Dark Horizons)

Back for its fifth year, today comes the first multiple volume look at the various feature releases hitting cinemas in 2013. Organised in alphabetical order, each volume explores many of the films set to screen at the big multiplexes, the boutique art house theaters, and on premium V.O.D. over the next twelve months.

Jerry Seinfeld Intends to Die Standing Up – Jonah Weiner (New York Times)

For Seinfeld, whose worth Forbes estimated in 2010 to be $800 million, his touring regimen is a function not of financial necessity but rather of borderline monomania — a creative itch he can’t scratch. “I like money,” he says, “but it’s never been about the money.”

Life of a salesman: Selling success, when the American dream is downsized – Eli Sazlow (Washington Post)

In a country built on optimism, Frank Firetti was the most optimistic character of all: the American salesman — if not the architect of the American dream then at least its most time-honored promoter. He believed that you could envision something and then own it, that what you had now was never as good as what you would have next.

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