The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring, Los Angeles Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, LA Weekly, and The Big Roundtable.

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1. The Trouble With Oxy

Mona Gable | Los Angeles Magazine | Feb. 10, 2015 | 26 minutes (6,563 words)

Occidental, a small liberal arts college, has been the subject of two federal complaints over the way it has handled sexual assault cases. The school is currently bitterly divided: faculty and students are fighting for justice, while the administration is battling bad publicity.


2. The Shape of Things to Come

Ian Parker | The New Yorker | Feb. 16, 2015 | 66 minutes (16,540 words)

A profile of Apple designer Jonathan Ive.


3. The National Front’s Post-Charlie Hebdo Moment

Susan Dominus | The New York Times Magazine | Feb. 18, 2015 | 26 minutes (6,515 words)

The National Front, a French ultranationalist fringe party once known for its ties to anti-Semitism, is shedding its controversial image and gaining momentum.


4. Extra, Extra

Hillel Aron | LA Weekly | Feb. 18, 2015 | 16 minutes (4,120 words)

Inside the strange, often lucrative world of Hollywood background actors.


5. The Boys Who Loved Birds

Phil McKenna | The Big Roundtable, NOVA Next | Feb. 18, 2015 | 40 minutes (10,100 words)

Can an eco-corridor inhabit the no-man’s land that once separated Western Europe from the Eastern Bloc? Kai Frobel thinks so.