The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

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

Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.
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1. A Marine’s Convictions

John Woodrow Cox | Washington Post | March 16, 2016 | 31 minutes (7,949 words)

A Naval Academy teacher fights to prove he’s innocent of sexual misconduct. Then a lost cell phone is found.

2. A Sinking Jail

Raven Rakia | Grist | March 15, 2016 | 22 minutes (5,672 words)

An account of the environmental disaster that is Rikers Island, where flooding, extreme heat, and air pollution put staff and detainees in danger.

3. A Journey to the Medical Netherworld

Alison Motluk | Hazlitt | March 14, 2016 | 36 minutes (9,127 words)

Motluk recounts her quest to find a diagnosis for her daughter’s mysterious illness.

4. The Art of the Smear

Dune Lawrence | Bloomberg Businessweek | March 16, 2016 | 18 minutes (4,613 words)

A journalist discovers that a financier has launched a smear campaign against her after she publishes a few articles looking into his business practices.

5. Behind Every Great Chef Is a Great Partner

Joy Manning | Eater | March 9, 2016 | 19 minutes (4,912 words)

We are deep in the era of the celebrity chef, but many successful restaurant groups have not one mastermind but two—the star chef, and a co-creator just as important to the business’ success but with a far lower profile.