The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

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1. The Trans-Everything CEO

Lisa Miller | New York magazine | Sept. 7, 2014 | 28 minutes (7,016 words)

A profile of futurist, entrepreneur, and philosopher Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, who was born male.

 

2. Ending College Sexual Assault

Jay Caspian Kang | Harper’s | Sept. 9, 2014 | 32 minutes (8,040 words)

College campuses are still having a difficult time addressing sexual assault allegations. Can a national movement of activists and a recent campaign by President Obama make things better?

 

3. The Real Cliff Huxtable

Kelefa Sanneh | The New Yorker | Sept. 8, 2014 | 23 minutes (5,820 words)

“For decades, Bill Cosby was America’s ideal dad. His real life was more complicated.” A critical look at the new Mark Whitaker biography, Cosby: His Life and Times, and what it leaves out.

 

4. Excarnation in Texas

Alex Mar | Oxford American | Sept. 8, 2014 | 47 minutes (11,868 words)

A visit to the Forensic Anthropology Center in San Marcos, Texas, which contains the largest of America’s five “body farms” — research facilities where families or individuals donate their bodies for scientific studies.

 

5. Dancers and Diplomats

Rachel Marcy | The Appendix | Sept. 9, 2014 | 22 minutes (5,708 words)

Rachel Marcy on the New York City Ballet’s trip to Moscow in October 1962.