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. The Power of Will

Billy Baker | Boston Globe | Dec. 1, 2016 | 49 minutes (12,388 words)

When Pat and Dina Lacey discovered that their baby, Will, had a rare form of childhood cancer, they were told to expect the worst—that Will was incurable. They did not expect to go on a years-long journey with a doctor named Giselle Sholler who would help them, and many other children, fight for a miracle treatment.

2. The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn

Margaret Talbot | The New Yorker | Nov. 28, 2016 | 33 minutes (8,289 words)

A profile of Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer who, after being harassed online by an ex, became inspired to become exactly the lawyer she—and other women who fall victim to “revenge porn”—needed.

3. Geek Love

Kevin Patterson | The Walrus | Nov. 30, 2016 | 12 minutes (3,080 words)

At The Walrus, Kevin Patterson writes on how his fraternal twin brother embraced nerditry to navigate the homophobia of small-town Canada in the ’70s.

4. ‘Gosh, It’s Beautiful.’

Justin Heckert | ESPN | Dec. 2, 2016 | 13 minutes (3,293 words)

How did a boring Nintendo game from 1987 become the most coveted cartridge ever?

5. For Deaf Tennis Player, Sound Is No Barrier

Ben Rothenberg | New York Times | Nov. 22, 2016 | 13 minutes (3,480 words)

South Korea’s Lee Duck-hee is 18 years old and ranked 143rd in the world in a sport where hearing the ball is considered crucial.