Long reads

Weekend long reads – 5 January

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

Brother’s Keeper – Benoit Denizet-Lewis (The Good Men Project)

Eric and Greg Kochman were athletic, well-liked high school students. So why did they kill themselves?

The right to die is the right to live – Lisa Carver (Vice)

One month before his 18th birthday, my son Wolf was thrilled to receive invitations from galleries in Melbourne and New York City to exhibit his paintings of mythical creatures, herbivores, aliens, religious imagery, and cities destroyed by solar flares. The bad news is that the showings are scheduled for the summer of 2013. Wolf may not be alive then.

Just shut up – (Not language but a map)

My professor said, “Okay. Now let’s talk about it.” So we talked about it. She laid it out for us fairly neatly, because—and again, I say this as someone who loves this film—the movie Beauty and the Beast is a fairly cut-and-dried abuse-apologist narrative.

A pick-pocket’s tale – Adam Green (New Yorker)

In magic circles, Robbins is regarded as a kind of legend. Psychiatrists, neuroscientists, and the military study his methods for what they reveal about the nature of human attention.

Bumps and Bruises from Bruce to Batman, and Beyond – E. Paul Zehr (Scientific American)

Years of rigorous athletic training have enabled the Batman not only to resist but to recover from the brutal beating that would have mortally injured most men!

Remains of the Day – Matt Mendelsohn (Washingtonian)

A wedding photographer sets out to learn what happened to the couples who hired him for their big day.

Meet Nazo Dharejo: The toughest woman in Sindh – Saba Imtiaz & Sameer Mandhro (The Express Tribune)

When the floods of 2010 swept away their homes and livelihoods, the villagers of Qazi Ahmed Taluka in Sindh’s Shaheed Benazirabad district knew who to blame. The natural waterway that the floodwaters should have passed through had been artificially blocked, and as the waters rose to up to three feet and submerged their lands, they sought the man they believed had ordered the blockage in order to protect his own lands.

Trap streets – James Brindle (Cabinet)

In 2001, the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain took the Automobile Association, a motoring organization, to court over copyright infringement, claiming the Automobile Association was using Ordnance Survey maps as the source material for its atlases and town plans.

George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year – Joel Lovell (New York Times)

In a little sushi restaurant in Syracuse, George Saunders conceded that, sure, one reality was that he and I were a couple guys talking fiction and eating avocado salad and listening to Alanis Morissette coming from the speaker above our heads. Another was that we were walking corpses. We’d been on the subject of death for a while.

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