The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Jane Mayer, Michael J. Mooney, Elisa Gabbert, Nicole Chung, and Ashley Fetters.

This week, we’re sharing stories from Jane Mayer, Michael J. Mooney, Elisa Gabbert, Nicole Chung, and Ashley Fetters.

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1. How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump

Jane Mayer | The New Yorker | September 25, 2018 | 27 minutes (6,925 words)

“I’m not arguing that Russians pulled the voting levers. I’m arguing that they persuaded enough people to either vote a certain way or not vote at all.”

2. The Cartel Next Door

Michael J. Mooney | Texas Monthly | September 21, 2018 | 32 minutes (8,038 words)

Inside the $1 million plot to execute—in broad daylight—the attorney of a Mexican cartel boss, and the subsequent investigation, which ranged from south of the border to Florida and Texas, to solve the murder.

3. The Great Mortality

Elisa Gabbert | Real Life Mag | September 24, 2018 | 21 minutes (5,253 words)

Don’t joke about the black Egyptian sarcophagus unleashing a plague that will kill us all, because the next pandemic is heading for us.

4. Mourning at the Magic Kingdom

Nicole Chung | Slate | September 25, 2018 | 12 minutes (3,151 words)

A day after burying her father after his sudden death at age 67, Nicole Chung and her young family go on a long-planned vacation to Disney World, where she finds that making new family memories is one way to honor old family memories.

5. The Dad-Joke Doctrine

Ashley Fetters | The Atlantic | September 25, 2018 | 10 minutes (2,512 words)

“What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor? ‘Where’s my tractor?’”