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1. The Tragedy of the American Military

James Fallows | The Atlantic | Dec. 31, 2014 | 41 minutes (10,355 words)

The story of “a country willing to do anything for its military except take it seriously.” How the public and politicians became disconnected from those who serve.

2. The Virologist

Andrew Marantz | The New Yorker | Dec. 29, 2014 | 22 minutes (5,574 words)

A profile of a 27-year-old entrepreneur whose speciality is creating clickbait websites.

3. Becoming Zoey Tur

Ed Leibowitz | Los Angeles Magazine | Dec. 22, 2014 | 33 minutes (8,374 words)

How Bob Tur, a storied helicopter news pilot, dealt with gender dysphoria and became Zoey.

4. The Promise in Elena Ferrante

Jia Tolentino | Jezebel | Dec. 29, 2014 | 13 minutes (3,259 words)

An essay about women’s writing on the internet, Italian novelist Elena Ferrante, and the potential of fiction writing to expose certain truths.

5. The Plath Resolution

Carrie Frye | The Awl | Dec. 26, 2014 | 12 minutes (2,328 words)

Thoughts about Sylvia Plath and her resolutions during yoga.