The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

The best stories of the week, as chosen by the editors of Longreads.

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

Lisa Miller | New York Magazine | Jan. 25, 2016 | 30 minutes (7,564 words)

The story of 19-year-old woman who had her daughter taken away from her because the state had decided her intellectual disability made her unfit to be a mother.

2. A Guy Like Me

John Scott | The Players’ Tribune | Jan. 28, 2016 | 12 minutes (3,179 words)

Scott, a hockey enforcer, opens up about his experience with becoming an unlikely N.H.L. All-Star.

3. Modern Grief: Digital Ephemera and Coping with Loss

Nancy Westaway | The Walrus | Jan. 28, 2016 | 10 minutes (2,509 words)

At The Walrus, Nancy Westaway finds comfort in the digital footprints left behind by her husband Jonathan, who died of esophageal cancer at the age of 50.

4. Unearthing the Sea Witch

Nicole Pasulka, Brian Ferree | Hazlitt | Jan. 14, 2016 | 15 minutes (3,947 words)

Ursula, one of Disney’s most memorable villains, was inspired by a drag queen named Divine.

5. Keeping Up With Dr. Miami

Tierney Finster | MEL Magazine | Jan. 28, 2016 | 14 minutes (3,553 words)

In the operating room with the controversial “Dr. Miami,” a plastic surgeon and Snapchat star who shares graphic play-by-plays of the boob jobs, liposuction and butt lifts he performs with his hundreds of thousands of followers.