The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Read stories by Andrew Sullivan, James Fenton, Adrian Daub, Michelle Kirsch, and Maria Bustillos.

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1. America Is Still the Future

Andrew Sullivan | New York Magazine | Jan 22, 2017 | 29 minutes (7,461 words)

Sullivan reflects on his time as a foreigner in the U.S. and how he learned to embrace the country’s flaws and virtues during his journey to become a citizen.

2. Murderous Manila: On the Night Shift

James Fenton | New York Review of Books | Feb 9, 2017 | 13 minutes (3,416 words)

“No one will be safe until many, many more have died.” In a dispatch from Manila, James Fenton describes the current war on drugs in the Philippines and two types of killings: “buy-bust” operations and EJKs, or extrajudicial killings.

3. Where “It” Was: Rereading Stephen King’s “It” on Its 30th Anniversary

Adrian Daub | LA Review of Books | Sep 11, 2016 | 10 minutes (2,551 words)

Was ‘It’ really about a murderous clown, or was it about our ability to forget the horrors of the past?

4. Michele Kirsch: My Life As a Cleaner in London

Michele Kirsch | The Independent | Oct 25, 2015 | 9 minutes (2,481 words)

Michele Kirsch on working as a cleaner in London, England, and the fascinating, unspoken social rules that keep a cleaner-cleanee relationship “shipshape and Bristol-fashion.”

5. Fiction Confidential

Maria Bustillos | Eater | Jan 25, 2017 | 17 minutes (4,333 words)

Before he became the patron saint of every tattooed-chef-in-a-gentrifying-neighborhood, Anthony Bourdain wrote novels. What can they tell us about the man behind the bad-boy persona?