The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week, we’re sharing stories from Tiffany Stanley, Raj Telhan, Alex Pareene, Nico Muhly, and Chris Heath.

This week, we’re sharing stories from Tiffany Stanley, Raj Telhan, Alex Pareene, Nico Muhly, and Chris Heath.

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1. Life, Death, and Insulin

Tiffany Stanley | Washington Post | January 13, 2019 | 20 minutes (5,200 words)

As the cost of the lifesaving medication skyrockets, some desperate diabetics are rationing — and risking their lives. Was Alec Raeshawn Smith one of them?

2. Foreign Bodies

Raj Telhan | VQR | December 13, 2018 | 26 minutes (6,739 words)

Immigration law isn’t keeping up with reproductive technology — it’s hamstringing the citizenship rights of children not born to married, fertile, heterosexual parents, and showing us that marriage equality in the U.S. isn’t equal in all ways.

3. Consolation Prizes

Alex Pareene | The Baffler | January 7, 2019 | 18 minutes (4,745 words)

“People don’t necessarily revolt when things are bad, but they might when things aren’t getting better, or are getting demonstrably worse.”

4. Diary: How I Write Music

Nico Muhly | London Review of Books | October 25, 2018 | 11 minutes (2,961 words)

Composer Nico Muhly writes about his primary goal: “to create a piece of art that is better than the same amount of silence.”

5. Creating While Clean

Chris Heath | GQ | January 15, 2019 | 57 minutes (14,379 words)

Musicians Steven Tyler, Ben Harper, Joe Walsh, and others speak with candor about their journeys to sobriety and how they are in much better places, personally and creatively.