The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring The New Yorker, California Sunday, n+1, Boston Magazine, and Collectors Weekly.

Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.

Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your inbox.

* * *

1. Life Lines

Daniel Zalewski | The New Yorker | March 23, 2015 | 40 minutes (10,032 words)

An artist with amnesia finds comfort and stability by drawing. She’s also helping researchers learn more about the way our brains work.

 

2. Death, Redesigned

Jon Mooallem | The California Sunday Magazine | March 20, 2015 | 26 minutes (6,607 words)

A global design firm makes an attempt to change the way we prepare for death.

 

3. Yarmouk Miniatures

Matthew McNaught | n+1 | Feb. 24, 2015 | 43 minutes (10,800 words)

Reflections on living and reading in Syria in the lead-up to the Civil War.

 

4. The Monster Next Door

Michele McPhee | Boston Magazine | March 24, 2015 | 24 minutes (6,010 words)

A Boston-based federal agent investigates a war criminal hiding in the U.S.

 

5. The Tragic Life of the Courtesan in Japan’s Floating World

Lisa Hix | Collectors Weekly | March 26, 2015 | 18 minutes (4,714 words)

A glimpse into the difficult lives of Edo-Period Japanese prostitutes.