Below, our favorite stories of the week.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic | Dec. 13, 2016 | 67 minutes (16,875 words)
A history of the first African American White House, as Coates examines Obama’s successes and failures — and what came next.
Cheyna Roth | Broadly | July. 1, 2016 | 11 minutes (2,831 words)
After a year of defeats and unforeseen complications, one domestic violence attorney realizes she’d failed to help the abused women she’d set out to protect, and she reassess her objectives.
Etgar Keret | Wired | Dec. 13, 2016 | 16 minutes (4,020 words)
From Wired’s fiction issue, a story about a man in an institution yearning to live in the real world. We won’t spoil it with any more details.
Somini Sengupta | New York Times | Dec. 15, 2016 | 12 minutes (3,174 words)
Climate change has made subsistence farming nearly impossible for West Africans living in hot and arid regions, forcing many of them to leave their homes and become migrants in search of a way to make a living.
Josh Freedman | Roads and Kingdoms | Nov. 21, 2016 | 12 minutes (3,028 words)
In Sichuan’s spicy-noodle capital, a local xiaomian aficionado takes a visitor on a quest for the ultimate bowl.