The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Illustration by Jim Cooke

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

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1. Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks

Jia Tolentino | Jezebel | June 15, 2016 | 32 minutes (8,159 words)

When an expectant mom learned, at 31 weeks, that her fetus was "incompatible with life," she flew to Colorado to get a shot that would start the process of a third-trimester abortion, then returned to New York to finish the delivery.

2. Home Free

Jennifer Gonnerman | The New Yorker | June 13, 2016 | 30 minutes (7,588 words)

How a New York State prisoner became a jailhouse lawyer, and changed the system.

3. The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife

Ariel Sabar | The Atlantic | June 16, 2016 | 44 minutes (11,229 words)

A supposedly ancient scrap of papyrus, which suggests that Jesus was married, has shaken the world of biblical scholarship.

4. Fully Loaded: Inside the shadowy world of America's 10 biggest gunmakers

Josh Harkinson | Mother Jones | June 15, 2016 | 19 minutes (4,989 words)

Who built, and who still funds, the biggest gunmakers in America.

5. Kim Kardashian West on Kanye and Taylor Swift, What’s in O.J.’s Bag, and Understanding Caitlyn

Caity Weaver | GQ | June 16, 2016 | 20 minutes (5,035 words)

Celebrity interviews are often riddled with softball questions and tightly controlled by publicists. Kim Kardashian West's full-time job is getting the public interested in her personal life, which means she doesn't hold back in this interview with GQ.