The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

The Top 5 Longreads of the week.

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

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1. Beyond the Breach

Wright Thompson | ESPN Magazine | Aug. 24, 2015 | 107 minutes (26,875 words)

Ten years after Katrina, Wright Thompson reports on the transformation of New Orleans, meeting with athletes, activists, community leaders, journalists, and legislators to get a sense of how far the city has come, and the difficult work that still needs to be done.

2. Searching for Sugar Daddy

Taffy Brodesser-Akner | GQ | Aug. 27, 2015 | 17 minutes (4,429 words)

A very blunt and humorous examination of the sugar daddy/baby dynamic.

3. Homes for the Homeless

Susie Cagle | Aeon | Aug. 28, 2015 | 14 minutes (3,600 words)

An illustrated look at Utah’s approach to providing housing for the homeless with no strings attached. It’s turning out both cheaper and more effective than other solutions, but why haven’t other cities followed suit?

4. Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters

Amy Wallace | Wired | Aug. 24, 2015 | 18 minutes (4,708 words)

Controversy at the Hugo Awards, which has been plagued by accusations by a faction of mostly white male authors who argue that storytelling has taken a backseat to identity politics.

5. A Common Language

Kristina Shevory | The Believer | Aug. 20, 2015 | 26 minutes (6,550 words)

A profile of Ron Capps, an Army combat veteran and former Foreign Service officer who served in Iraq, Darfur, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Eastern Congo and Kosovo during his career. After returning home, Capps was suicidal and haunted by PTSD; writing brought him relief and helped him make sense of his experiences.