The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our top stories of the week, as chosen by the editorial team at Longreads.

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1. Trump's Ghostwriter Tells All

Jane Mayer | The New Yorker | July 18, 2016 | 27 minutes (6,867 words)

Tony Schwartz was a New York magazine writer recruited by Donald Trump to ghost write his 1987 bestseller, The Art of the Deal. He now regrets what he created and says Trump is unfit to be president.

2. Surviving the Long Haul

Mary Pilon | Mary Magazine | July 11, 2016 | 25 minutes (6,279 words)

Women in the trucking industry are often subjected to harassment and assault, but have a difficult time getting justice after reporting incidents of abuse.

3. The Man Who Created Bigfoot

Leah Sottile | Outside | July 5, 2016 | 13 minutes (3,436 words)

When two Washington State cowboys went to Northern California in 1967 in search of the mythical Bigfoot, they shot some of the most scrutinized film in cryptozoology history, and created their own myth. This is the story of one of the gods in Bigfoot-hunting, "the original seer: the man who witnessed the unthinkable, who lived to tell the tale, and who has been harassed for what he swore was real."

4. When Cuteness Comes of Age

Neil Steinberg | Mosaic Science | July 19, 2016 | 20 minutes (5,153 words)

What is "cute"? A writer flies to Japan to find a culture conflicted over cuteness.

5. The Unified Theory of Deliciousness

David Chang | Wired | July 19, 2016 | 12 minutes (3,029 words)

What makes for a successful dish? Chef David Chang has a theory.