The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring San Francisco Chronicle, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Wired and New York Magazine.

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1. Last Men Standing

Erin Allday | San Francisco Chronicle | March 3, 2016 | 55 minutes (13,977 words)

Since 1981, AIDS has taken more than 20,000 lives in San Francisco. But what about the men who survived the disease, and continue to struggle on, despite having lost so much of their community?

2. Mr. Rubio’s Neighborhood

Suki Kim | The New Republic | March 6, 2016 | 23 minutes (5,871 words)

Is Florida still Marco Rubio country? As a native son prepares for his last stand, Kim searches for meaning among the people who know the candidate best.

3. The Matter of Black Lives

Jelani Cobb | The New Yorker | March 7, 2016 | 21 minutes (5,419 words)

Examining the future of the Black Lives Matter movement.

4. Check In With the Velociraptor at the World’s First Robot Hotel

Gideon Lewis-Kraus | Wired | March 2, 2016 | 32 minutes (8,055 words)

Lewis-Kraus visits a hotel in Japan where service is provided by robots and considers the necessity of human interaction.

5. Meet the Internet’s Pimple-Popping Dermatologist

Robert Moor | New York Magazine | Month 1, 2015 | 12 minutes (3,134 words)

A Southern California dermatologist finds internet fame and a devoted following after she starts sharing videos of “extractions.”