The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

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

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1. The Weight of James Arthur Baldwin

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah | BuzzFeed | Feb. 29, 2016 | 23 minutes (5,848 words)

Ghansah visits the house of the revered writer and social critic in France and examines his legacy.

2. On the Right to Die: John Hofsess’ Secret Assisted Suicide Service

John Hofsess | Toronto Life | March 1, 2016 | 16 minutes (4,083 words)

John Hofsess posthumously reveals the secret assisted suicide service he offered to eight Canadians—among them the poet Al Purdy—on the day of his own assisted death.

3. Sin Will Find You Out

Megan Galbraith | Catapult | March 1, 2016 | 11 minutes (2,903 words)

The author retraces her birth mother’s footsteps through a bygone Manhattan.

4. A Schoolboy Wrongly Accused

Vibeke Venema | BBC | March 1, 2016 | 17 minutes (4,289 words)

The account of a Ugandan teen wrongly accused of two murders, and the lawyer who cleared his name.

5. Jodie Sweetin’s Return to Predictability

Rachel Syme | Complex | Feb. 23, 2016 | 13 minutes (3,380 words)

A sensitive portrait of “Full House” (and “Fuller House”) star Jodie Sweetin.