The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

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1. ‘You Want A Description Of Hell?’ Oxycontin’s 12-Hour Problem

Harriet Ryan, Scott Glover, Lisa Girion | Los Angeles Times | May 5, 2016 | 27 minutes (6,778 words)

An investigation into America’s bestselling painkiller, Oxycontin. Reporters look through a trove of documents showing how the drugmaker Purdue Pharma’s deceptive marketing of Oxycontin has contributed to the prescription drug epidemic.

2. The Braves Play Taxpayers Better Than They Play Baseball

Ira Boudway, Kate Smith | Bloomberg Businessweek | April 27, 2016 | 13 minutes (3,337 words)

“If there’s one thing the Braves know how to do, it’s how to get money out of taxpayers.”

3. Who Do You Think You Are?

Jacqueline Rose | London Review of Books | May 2, 2016 | 55 minutes (13,971 words)

Rose’s essay goes deep on trans narratives.

4. California Notes

Joan Didion | New York Review of Books | May 4, 2016 | 9 minutes (2,491 words)

Didion’s thoughts about California from when she covered the Patty Hearst trial in 1976.

5. Cruising Through the End of the World

Eva Holland | Pacific Standard | May 2, 2016 | 20 minutes (5,000 words)

What happens when cruise ship tourism descends on the communities of the Northwest Passage?