Below, our favorite stories of the week.
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Robert Sanchez | 5280 Magazine | Sept. 20, 2016 | 24 minutes (6,158 words)
Behind-the-scenes at an award-winning newspaper, gutted by staff cuts and figuring out how to survive with fewer resources.
Ruth Franklin | New York Magazine | Sept. 27, 2016 | 10 minutes (2,664 words)
An excerpt of Ruth Franklin’s biography of Shirley Jackson, the author of seventeen books and many short stories including “The Lottery,” the bulk of which were written while she was immersed in raising—and being influenced by—her four children.
N.K. Jemisin | Tor | Sept. 30, 2016 | 24 minutes (6,427 words)
“When I relax my hands and open my eyes to see Paulo striding along the bridge toward me with another goddamned cigarette between his lips, I fleetingly see him for what he is again: the sprawling thing from my dream, all sparkling spires and reeking slums and stolen rhythms made over with genteel cruelty. I know that he glimpses what I am, too, all the bright light and bluster of me. Maybe he’s always seen it, but there is admiration in his gaze now, and I like it. He comes to help support me with his shoulder, and he says, ‘Congratulations,’ and I grin. I live the city. It thrives and it is mine. I am its worthy avatar, and together? We will never be afraid again.”
Ariel Levy | The New Yorker | Sept. 26, 2016 | 16 minutes (4,209 words)
A profile of comedian and writer Ali Wong, whose work takes on the last taboos of female sexuality: pregnancy and motherhood.
Michael Chabon | GQ | Sept. 27, 2016 | 20 minutes (5,240 words)
Chabon takes his 13-year-old son to Paris fashion week and gains a greater understanding of who he is.