The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring, The New Yorker, Die Zeit, Jezebel, The New York Times, and Slate.

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1. Your Son Is Deceased

Rachel Aviv | The New Yorker | Jan. 26, 2015 | 33 minutes (8,359 words)

An examination of police misconduct in Albuquerque, New Mexico—a city with one of the highest rates in the country of fatal shootings by police.

 

2. They Have Miao

Angela Köckritz | Die Zeit | Jan. 14, 2015 | 26 minutes (6,590 words)

A reporter working in China works to free her detained assistant while navigating China’s Kafkaesque legal system.

 

3. Rush After ‘A Rape On Campus’: A UVA Alum Goes Back to Rugby Road

Jia Tolentino | Jezebel | Jan. 28, 2015 | 31 minutes (7,762 words)

Jia Tolentino, an alumnus of UVA, visits the campus during rush week after the Rolling Stone rape story controversy.

 

4. Tom Brady Cannot Stop

Mark Leibovich | The New York Times | Jan. 27, 2015 | 33 minutes (8,352 words)

Inside the life and obsessive habits of Tom Brady—a 37-year-old star quarterback in a business where few play past the age of 40.

 

5. The Definition of a Dictionary

Stefan Fatsis | Slate | Jan. 12, 2015 | 44 minutes (11,174 words)

In a two-story brick building in Springfield, Massachusetts, a team of definers, etymologists, pronouncers, daters, typists and lexicographers are hard at work on the long-awaited fourth edition of America’s premier dictionary. But perhaps their most important definition is still in the works: what should an online dictionary look like?