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. ‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’

Daniel Berehulak | The New York Times | Dec. 8, 2016 | 10 minutes (2,500 words)

Photojournalist Daniel Berehulak documents the killings of dozens of people as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines. (Warning: graphic images of violence.)

2. The Last Unknown Man

Matt Wolfe | The New Republic | Dec. 7, 2016 | 50 minutes (12,603 words)

In 2004, a Burger King employee in Richmond Hill, Georgia, found a naked man lying unconscious in front of a restaurant dumpster. The search for his identity would take years.

3. Intake

Rosalind Adams | BuzzFeed | Dec. 7, 2016 | 35 minutes (8,789 words)

An investigation into America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain, Universal Health Services, which faces allegations that it profits by routinely locking in patients who don’t need hospitalization.

4. Prince’s Closet Friends Share Their Best Prince Stories

Chris Heath | GQ | Dec. 8, 2016 | 60 minutes (15,000 words)

An oral history of Prince’s life and career, as told by his friends.

5. Fighting for the Poor Under Trump

Jennifer Gonnerman | The New Yorker | Dec. 9, 2016 | 18 minutes (4,699 words)

A profile of 28-year-old New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres, the first openly gay elected official in the Bronx and the youngest elected official in the city. Torres—who grew up in a Bronx housing project across the street from a former garbage dump that is now a Trump-owned golf course—has been fighting for the poor as chair of the Committee on Public Housing.