The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

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

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1. Patagonia's Philosopher-King

Nick Paumgarten | The New Yorker | Sept. 13, 2016 | 35 minutes (8,672 words)

Nick Paumgarten’s profile of Yvon Chouinard, the eco-conscious and anti-corporate co-founder of Patagonia. Chouinard was a close friend of, and co-adventurer with, Doug Tompkins, the late founder of the North Face.

2. The Last Last Summer: Donald Trump and the Fall of Atlantic City

Joshua Cohen | n+1 | Sept. 6, 2016 | 44 minutes (11,238 words)

"Trump, a man addicted to success, and—if his oration is any indication—a man with extremely limited reserves of self-control, can’t ever gamble, because he can’t ever lose. I’d bet that Trump is barely even familiar with the table rules, for the simple reason that he doesn’t have to be; all he has to know are the odds to know that he can’t beat them. Having owned the house, he’ll never tempt the house. All he can do is torch it."

3. 'We're the Only Plane in the Sky'

Garrett M. Graff | Politico | Sept. 11, 2016 | 65 minutes (16,280 words)

An oral history of what happened on Air Force One in the hours after the 9/11 attacks.

4. How Two Producers of ‘Transparent’ Made Their Own Trans Lives More Visible

Emily Bobrow | New York Times | Sept. 13, 2016 | 15 minutes (3,791 words)

A profile of former couple Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst—producers of Amazon’s Transparent, who are transgender themselves—in which they discuss "Relationship," the book-length photo essay they both shot and appear in, and the importance of having transgender people act not just as subjects, but as the authors of works on the topic.

5. I Want to Know if Love is Real: Springsteen on His Book, 'Born to Run'

David Kamp | Vanity Fair | Sept. 7, 2016 | 21 minutes (5,262 words)

A revealing, intimate portrait of Bruce Springsteen, his childhood and upbringing, his struggle with depression, and his decision to write his own 500-page memoir, named after the song that has defined him: "Born to Run."