The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week featuring David Carr, California Sunday, New York Review of Books, New Republic, and ESPN.

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1. Me and My Girls

David Carr | The New York Times | 2008 | 32 minutes (8,005 words)

An excerpt from The Night of the Gun, by David Carr. The acclaimed New York Times journalist died this week at age 58. He will be sorely missed.

Remembering David Carr: See a reading list about his life and work.

 

2. Homeward

Brooke Jarvis | California Sunday | Feb. 12, 2015 | 23 minutes (5,903 words)

Hugo Lucitante was 10 years old when his Amazon tribe sent him to Seattle to live with a 22-year-old college student. The tribe hoped that he would return to them with a Western education and the knowledge to help guide his people through a changing world.

 

3. On Edgar Allan Poe

Marilynne Robinson | The New York Review of Books | February 2015 | 10 minutes (2,692 words)

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson on the unknowability of Poe and his work, and the difficulty in interpreting Poe’s unusual and only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, which, among other things, is considered to be one of the inspirations for Moby Dick.

 

4. The People’s President

Eve Fairbanks | The New Republic | Feb. 5, 2015 | 23 minutes (5,900 words)

Uruguay’s José Mujica was every liberal’s dream president. But was he too good to be true?

 

5. A Life on the Line

Mike Fish | ESPN | Feb. 12, 2015 | 18 minutes (4,612 words)

Billy Walters, who is arguably the most successful sports gambler ever, has been able to build an empire over four decades and outrun investigators—so far.