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