The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Finlay Young, Katie Prout, Molly Crabapple, Sean Flynn, and Harley Rustad.

This week, we’re sharing stories from Finlay Young, Katie Prout, Molly Crabapple, Sean Flynn, and Harley Rustad.

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1. Unprotected

Finlay Young | ProPublica | October 11, 2018 | 54 minutes (13,700 words)

Katie Meyler founded the More Than Me Academy in Liberia to educate girls and get them off the street. She also hired the man who would rape dozens of MTM’s 11 and 12 year old students, impregnating some and leaving others HIV positive.

2. Going Hungry at the Most Prestigious MFA in America

Katie Prout | LitHub | October 9, 2018 | 15 minutes (3,898 words)

When the director of her MFA writing program advises her not to pursue a part-time job to help pay the bills, Katie Prout starts visiting the local food bank out of necessity.

3. My Great Grandfather the Bundist

Molly Crabapple | New York Review of Books | October 6, 2018 | 22 minutes (5,627 words)

Writer and artist Molly Crabapple tells the story of her late great grandfather, self-taught artist Sam Rothbort, and of the Bund, the revolutionary anti-Zionist Jewish political party he joined in Vilna in 1898.

4. The Ghosts of the Glacier

Sean Flynn | GQ | October 4, 2018 | 16 minutes (4,138 words)

As Alpine glaciers recede in alarming speed, they reveal more and more bodies of people who’d died tragically on the ice, some of them considered missing for decades.

5. How I Learned to Love Bonsai

Harley Rustad | The Walrus | October 5, 2018 | 16 minutes (4,146 words)

Unsatisfied with his own efforts at growing Ficus religiosa, bonsai enthusiast Harley Rustad totes his too-tall tree to Ontario to seek advice from Canadian bonsai expert Nigel Saunders. Saunders tends over 180 bonsais and has attracted a cult following for his instructive YouTube videos — his miniature lemon tree alone has earned 1.5 million views.