The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring, Seattle Met, London Review of Books, More Intelligent Life, Mother Jones, and Matter.

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1. The Brief, Extraordinary Life of Cody Spafford

Allecia Vermillion | Seattle Met | March 10, 2015 | 19 minutes (4,910 words)

Cody Spafford had found solace and redemption working in the kitchen of one of Seattle’s hottest restaurants. What turned a promising chef into a bank robber?


2. The Robots Are Coming

John Lanchester | London Review of Books | March 5, 2015 | 24 minutes (6,135 words)

Lanchester takes us through the possibility of a robotified future that completely changes our economic landscape.


3. Meet the Maestro

Clemency Burton-Hill | More Intelligent Life | March 9, 2015 | 25 minutes (6,400 words)

Robin Ticciati—the new music director for the UK’s Glyndebourne Opera company—is not your typical conductor. He’s young, “radically collaborative,” and out to shake things up.


4. The Wrong Way

Jennifer Gonnerman | Mother Jones | March 12, 2015 | 20 minutes (5,003 words)

On Oct. 3, 2013, 34-year-old Miriam Carey drove through a White House checkpoint while her one-year-old daughter sat in the back of her car. A car chase ensued, and Carey ended up dead. Gonnerman traces the incident, revealing that Miriam had been diagnosed with “postpartum depression with psychosis” and showing how a media circus distorted the tragedy as it occurred.


5. Shitphone: A Love Story

John Herrman | Matter | March 9, 2015 | 13 minutes (3,492 words)

John Herrman switches from his iPhone to a much more affordable “shitphone” and discovers how reliable mid-market gadgets can be.