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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Below, our favorite stories of the week.

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1. ‘I Have No Choice but to Keep Looking’

Jennifer Percy | New York Times | Aug. 2, 2016 | 24 minutes (6,140 words)

Five years after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, a husband is still searching the sea for his missing wife, joined by a father looking for his daughter.

2. Seinfeld: ‘The Twin Towers’ An Original Spec Script

Billy Domineau | Splitsider | August 3, 2016 | 21 minutes (5,384 words)

Comedian Billy Domineau imagines a world in which the sitcom “Seinfeld” is still on the air and “Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer acted like the entitled, selfish, near-sociopathic New Yorkers that they always were during one of the most trying and intense times in the city’s history.”

3. The Prophet Motive

Stephen Rodrick | Esquire | August 3, 2016 | 20 minutes (5,065 words)

Dan Price made headlines last year and was lauded as a hero when he announced that he was cutting his executive salary at his Seattle company to raise the minimum salary at his company to $70K a year for all employees. But a lawsuit from his brother, allegations of abuse from his ex-wife, and negative stories from ex-employees have painted a much different picture of the CEO.

4. President Obama Says, ‘This Is What a Feminist Looks Like’

Barack Obama | Glamour | August 4 2016 | 6 minutes (1,615 words)

Feminist Dude/Dad in Chief, Barack Obama, has penned an essay for Glamour about how far women have come, how much farther they need to be encouraged to go, and how both men and women are limited by outdated gender stereotypes that need to be retired.

5. Ripping The Veil

Brit Bennett | The New Republic | August 2, 2016 | 9 minutes (2,425 words)

On the recent proliferation of slavery narratives in popular culture and how Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, The Underground Railroad, attempts to rewrite the rules.