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1. A Long Walk’s End

William Browning | SB Nation | July 1, 2015 | 37 minutes (9,320 words)

James T. Hammes embezzled $8.7 million from an Ohio-based Pepsi distributor, and then he went on the run. Or rather on the hike—he took off on the Appalachian Trail for six years

2. The Chef That Saved My Life

Brett Martin | GQ | July 1, 2015 | 21 minutes (5,485 words)

Brett Martin recounts a lunch with Jacques Pepin that changed his life and is encouraged by a friend to let the chef know how much it meant to him.

3. The Butterfly Effect

Krista Conger | Stanford Medicine Magazine | June 30, 2015 | 21 minutes (5,350 words)

The decades long search for a treatment for epidermolysis bullosa, a blistering skin disease where patients suffer the equivalent of third-degree burns from the slightest touch.

4. I Made A Linguistics Professor Listen To A Blink-182 Song And Analyze The Accent

Dan Nosowitz | Atlas Obscura | June 18, 2015 | 12 minutes (3,000 words)

A linguist explains the “California accent,” and why pop punk vocals sounded so whiny.

5. Dolled Up

Julia Rubin | Racked | June 29, 2015 | 20 minutes (5,100 words)

On the enduring appeal of American Girl dolls, and the business model behind their success.