Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.
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Luke Malone | Medium | Aug. 11, 2014 | 331 minutes (7,911 words)
Reporter Luke Malone talks to a teenager who, after realizing he is a pedophile, seeks help and starts a support group for people like him. “I asked them if they knew anyone like that, and a few weeks later I received an email. ‘My name is Adam,’ it read. ‘I’m 18 and non-exclusively attracted to boys and girls of all ages (particularly very young ones). I am the leader of a support group for non-offending pedophiles around my age… I would be very happy to talk with you.'” Warning: This story includes graphic details of child abuse.
Additional reading: Malone explains how he reported this story.
Kyle Swenson | New Times Broward | Aug. 12, 2014 | 21 minutes (5,320 words)
A complicated parental kidnapping cracks a window into the Sunshine State’s growing right-wing fringe, a bizarro world where Lincoln and Obama are a tag team bent on destroying America, the end times are ever nigh, and the Confederacy lives on.
Jason Fagone | Mother Jones | Aug. 11, 2014 | 24 minutes (6,188 words)
In Broward County, Florida, a group of former police officers are using bold tactics to help public defenders.
Helen DeWitt | London Review of Books | Aug. 21, 2014 | 15 minutes (3,985 words)
Novelist Helen DeWitt on the harrowing experience of being stalked, and the ways in which the legal system failed her.
Ben Hewitt | Outside | Aug. 12, 2014 | 17 minutes (4,458 words)
Ben Hewitt describes “unschooling” his children Fin and Rye, who do “self-directed, adult-facilitated life learning in the context of their own unique interests” rather than attend public schools or participate in the kind of homeschooling that mirrors a public education.
Illustration: Simon Prades for Matter