The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our favorite stories of the week, featuring The New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, GQ and New Statesman.
Author: Editors
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct. 31, 2014
In a Bookstore in Paris

A profile of George Whitman, the eccentric deceased founder of cult bookstore Shakespeare and Company, and his daughter and successor, Sylvia.

Author: Bruce Handy
Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Nov. 1, 2014
Length: 27 minutes (6841 words)
Untangling the Knot: My Search for Democracy in the Modern Family
Sabine Heinlein lived in a family where everyone was treated as equals. It didn't work out like they had hoped. Heinlein explores how families communicate to find out what went wrong with hers.
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct. 30, 2014
Length: 15 minutes (3966 words)
The Big-Eyed Children

In the 1960s, Walter Keane was celebrated for his sentimental portraits of wide-eyed children, which sold by the million. However an epic art fraud was actually being executed behind closed doors—his wife Margaret was the real artist in the family, working night and day to maintain his success.

Author: Jon Ronson
Source: Guardian
Published: Oct. 26, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2557 words)
One of Us
Memories of being a Southie kid and black in a mostly white neighborhood.
Published: Oct. 28, 2014
Length: 14 minutes (3525 words)
The Foodbank Dilemma

What does the rise of food banks tell us about Britain today?

Published: Oct. 21, 2014
Length: 31 minutes (7906 words)
The Decline of Student Activism: Our College Pick
Writing for the Harvard Political Review last month, Gram Slattery reported on the intersection of old activism and new media via Divest Harvard, a student group that wants the university to stop investing in fossil fuels.
Source: Longreads
Published: Oct. 29, 2014
Missing the Signs

The story behind a murder case that gripped two countries and spurred a Canadian family to take action against domestic violence.

Published: Oct. 27, 2014
Length: 18 minutes (4651 words)
Against the Grain
A closer look at what we still don't know about gluten, and whether going "gluten-free" is a good idea.
Published: Oct. 28, 2014
Length: 27 minutes (6796 words)
The Great Paper Caper
Wells Tower talks to Frank Bourassa, the "most prolific counterfeiter in American history" who reproduced more than $200 million in nearly flawless fake twenty dollar bills.
Author: Wells Tower
Source: GQ
Published: Oct. 28, 2014
Length: 21 minutes (5491 words)
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Source: nymag.com
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