Here are the stories we loved this week.
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Rachel Aviv | The New Yorker | Jan 16, 2017 | 45 minutes (11,296 words)
A profile of Albert Woodfox, a man originally sentenced to 50 years in prison for robbery. A member of the Black Panthers and the Angola 3, Woodfox spent over four decades in solitary confinement, despite a stunning lack of evidence against him in a prison murder.
Malcolm Gay | Boston Globe | Jan 5, 2017 | 17 minutes (4,398 words)
A son spends years trying to learn what happened to a talented young musician whom his mother had loved and never forgotten, and recovers some of the music he left behind.
3. This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization
Jo Marchant | Smithsonian | Jan 1, 2017 | 20 minutes (5,091 words)
The recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom among archaeologists, calling into question our most basic ideas about European history.
Claire Vaye Watkins | The New Republic | Jan 9, 2017 | 15 minutes (3,936 words)
A review of Ayelet Waldman’s new memoir, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage and My Life, that also serves as a personal essay about Vaye Watkins’ marijuana use as she weans off anti-depressants (she writes the piece “a little high”), and the tiny dose of LSD she’s got stashed for trying in the future.
Michael Cunningham | GQ | Jan 9, 2017 | 13 minutes (3,487 words)
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham tells the story of his unfinished musical with the late David Bowie.