The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from John Lanchester, Bethany Barnes, Stephen Kearse, Warren Ellis, and Soraya Roberts.

This week, we’re sharing stories from John Lanchester, Bethany Barnes, Stephen Kearse, Warren Ellis, and Soraya Roberts.

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1. After the Fall

John Lanchester | London Review of Books | June 27, 2018 | 30 minutes (7,694 words)

It’s been 10 years since the 2008 financial crisis and we’re still living with the fallout: financial institutions have seen few major regulatory changes, the poor and middle class have carried the burden of austerity measures and have responded with a sharp rise in populism, and life expectancy has stagnated.

2. Targeted: A Family and the Quest to Stop the Next School Shooter

Bethany Barnes | The Oregonian | June 24, 2018 | 21 minutes (5,275 words)

“What if the system created the very thing it was trying to prevent?”

3. What the Rise of XXXTentacion Says About Being a Fan Today

Stephen Kearse | Pitchfork | June 25, 2018 | 6 minutes (1,727 words)

Critic and reporter Stephen Kearse considers the tragic life and death of young rapper XXXTentacion, and the nature of fandom.

4. A Compendium of Tides

Warren Ellis | Spirits of Place | June 26, 2018 | 18 minutes (4,595 words)

“The spirits of place are the echoes of people, of events, of ideas which have become imprinted upon a location, for better or for worse.” Warren Ellis takes us to his, the Thames Estuary.

5. The Fred Rogers We Know

Soraya Roberts | Hazlitt | June 26, 2018 | 14 minutes (3,537 words)

Soraya Roberts mines the CBC archives to view the first images of Fred Rogers on television in 1963 — hosting Misterogers, a fifteen-minute black-and-white children’s program made in Canada — to get a deeper sense of the man who made it ok for people to be valued and loved, exactly as they are.