Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.
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Mariya Karimjee | The Big Roundtable | Jan. 14, 2015 | 42 minutes (10,508 words)
The author, who spent her childhood in Pakistan, underwent a female genital mutilation procedure when she was seven years old. Having lived in the States for many years as a young adult, she reflects on the effects of this procedure on her sexuality and her relationship to her family, especially her mother.
Brian Kevin | Down East | Jan. 7, 2015 | 26 minutes (6,600 words)
A vividly reported chronicle of a loose cartel of freewheeling, twenty-something drug dealers who built a cocaine empire in rural Maine in the mid-1980s, along with the undercover operation that brought them down.
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah | The Believer | Jan. 5, 2015 | 20 minutes (5,171 words)
A history of Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios, which became a safe haven for artists during a time when record companies operated with an “ironfisted grip,” and went on to mentor artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Santigold and Bilal.
Mark Lukach | Pacific Standard | Jan. 12, 2015 | 20 minutes (5,000 words)
A first-person account of how mental illness reshapes a marriage.
Ryan Park | The Atlantic | Jan. 10, 2015 | 21 minutes (5,375 words)
Ryan Park decides, after his clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to spend a year at home with his daughter before pursuing a corporate job. This is what he learned about the state of stay-at-home dads in America.