The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our story picks of the week, featuring Rolling Stone, The New Republic, GQ, Hazlitt, and Jezebel.

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1. A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA

Sabrina Rubin Erdely | Rolling Stone | Nov. 21, 2014 | 37 minutes (9,296 words)

A freshman at University of Virginia is brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party. When she tries to report it, she discovers a culture that is complicit in covering it up. Update: Rolling Stone’s editors are now raising questions about events described in this story—but exactly which parts remains unclear.

 

2. Stop Trying to Save the World

Michael Hobbes | The New Republic | Nov. 17, 2014| 24 minutes (6,112 words)

How the ‘Big Idea’ is destroying international development: “The point is, we don’t know what works, where, or why. The only way to find out is to test these models—not just before their initial success but afterward, and constantly.”

 

3. Dave Chappelle Is Back (This Time We’re 100% Sure It’s Maybe Totally for Real)

Mark Anthony Green | GQ | Nov. 18, 2014 | 23 minutes (5,828 words)

An interview with the comedian, who is back in the business after a long sabbatical. Things discussed: Kanye’s surprise performance at one of Chappelle’s shows, Rob Ford, mean critics, and what it’d be like to hang out with Chappelle at a BBQ.

 

4. The Real Lolita

Sarah Weinman | Hazlitt | Nov. 20, 2014 | 35 minutes (8,846 words)

Did the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horne change the course of twentieth-century literature?

 

5. Interview: Dionne Osborne, the Vocal Coach Who Changed Drake’s Style

Jia Tolentino | Jezebel | Nov. 18, 2014 | 19 minutes (4,814 words)

Osborne, who’s been working with Drake for more than four years, on what it’s like to work with the star—and what it takes to properly care for one’s voice while on tour.