The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Mike Mariani, Emma Marris, Patrick Rosal, Susana Ferreira, and Scott Indrisek.

This week, we’re sharing stories from Mike Mariani, Emma Marris, Patrick Rosal, Susana Ferreira, and Scott Indrisek.

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1. Promethea Unbound

Mike Mariani | The Atavist | October 31, 2017 | 50 minutes (12,600 words)

Promethea Olympia Kyrene Pythaitha renamed herself at age 13, the year she graduated from Montana State University, with the belief that “her life, and its work, would have meaning.” A prodigy who had begun to read at nine months, Promethea grew up in poverty with her mother in Montana. But news of her talents spread throughout the Greek diaspora, bringing into their lives a benefactor who became obsessed with her education.

2. A Very Old Man for a Wolf

Emma Marris | Outside | October 30, 2017 | 22 minutes (5,714 words)

The story of Oregon’s first alpha-male wolf in generations — and of the man who tried to save him, until he couldn’t.

3. To the Lady Who Mistook Me For the Help at the National Book Awards

Patrick Rosal | LitHub | November 1, 2017 | 13 minutes (3,312 words)

A personal essay by poet Patrick Rosal, framed as a letter to a white woman who mistook him for a server at the black-tie National Book Awards gala, which he had attended in a $90 polyester suit, in support of a friend who was being honored.

4. Decriminalization: A Love Story

Susana Ferreira | The Common | October 31, 2017 | 33 minutes (8,288 words)

In a ranging piece funded by the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, journalist Susana Ferreira reports on the decriminalization of drugs in Portugal, where since 2001, addiction has been treated more like an illness than a crime.

5. When Artists Turn to Craigslist, the Results Are Intimate, Disquieting, and Surprisingly Profound

Scott Indrisek | Artsy | October 27, 2017 | 10 minutes (2,708 words)

“Almost all of the artists used the same adjective to describe Craigslist — seedy. In some cases, that’s a boon for artmaking.”