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1. What Is Code?

Paul Ford | Bloomberg Businessweek | June 11, 2015 | 152 minutes (38,000 words)

Paul Ford and Bloomberg Businessweek collaborate on a 38,000-word essay meant to answer the big and small questions of what it means to be a coder: how programming works, why it matters, and whether you should start learning yourself.

2. The Unkillable Demon King

Mina Kimes | ESPN | June 10, 2015 | 23 minutes (5,789 words)

A profile of a 19-year-old Korean pro gamer who goes by the name Faker and has become known as one of the best players in League of Legends, the most popular computer game in the world.

3. Alanis In Chains

Soraya Roberts | Hazlitt | June 9, 2015 | 21 minutes (5,481 words)

Before Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette was a teenage pop star in Canada. So how did she transform into the “patron saint of mainstream grrrl power”?

4. The Lost Man

Graeme Wood | The California Sunday Magazine | June 7, 2015 | 20 minutes (5,104 words)

An amateur sleuth’s obsession with a true-crime story that has captivated Australians since 1948.

5. The New Normal

Stephanie Wittels Wachs | Medium | June 10, 2015 | 17 minutes (4326 words)

A meditation on grief, from the late comedian Harris Wittels’ sister.