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Our Picks

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our top stories of the week, as chosen by the editors at Longreads.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Dec. 2, 2016
'Gosh, It's Beautiful.'
How did a boring Nintendo game from 1987 become the most coveted cartridge ever?
Source: ESPN
Published: Dec. 2, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3293 words)
Crossed Stitches
Rachel Monroe investigates a T-shirt quilt empire that went under and the laypeople-turned-detectives who dedicated themselves to recovering their mementos lost in the chaos.
Published: Nov. 27, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6426 words)
The Power of Will
When Pat and Dina Lacey discovered that their baby, Will, had a rare form of childhood cancer, they were told to expect the worst—that Will was incurable. They did not expect to go on a years-long journey with a doctor named Giselle Sholler who would help them, and many other children, fight for a miracle treatment.
Author: Billy Baker
Source: Boston Globe
Published: Dec. 1, 2016
Length: 49 minutes (12388 words)
The Need to Read
Making the case for packing your life with fewer unnecessary activities and material items in order to make room for the thing you already love but do too little of: read books. Here's what books do for one author, and what they can do for you.
Published: Nov. 25, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2440 words)
The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn
A profile of Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer who, after being harassed online by an ex, became inspired to become exactly the lawyer she—and other women who fall victim to “revenge porn”—needed.
Published: Nov. 28, 2016
Length: 33 minutes (8289 words)
Traces of Times Lost
One journalist and parent explores the elusive nature of early memory, the ways children's minds work, and why certain information does not stay with us, but still has a profound impact.
Source: The Atlantic
Published: Nov. 29, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2688 words)
Hidebound: The Grisly Invention of Parchment
While most of the Old World was writing on papyrus, bamboo, and silk, Europe carved its own gruesome path through the history books.
Published: Dec. 1, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4720 words)
Confessions of an Instagram Influencer
Can an agency turn anyone into an Instagram star? Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Max Chafkin volunteers to find out.
Author: Max Chafkin
Published: Nov. 30, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3353 words)
Geek Love: On Nerditry as Salvation in '70s Small-Town Canada
At The Walrus, Kevin Patterson writes on how his fraternal twin brother embraced nerditry to navigate the homophobia of small-town Canada in the ’70s.
Source: The Walrus
Published: Nov. 30, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3080 words)
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