The Week’s Best Longreads for August 3, 2013

From how Goldman Sachs went after one of its to programmers to George Saunders’s advice to new graduates, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

08.03.13 8:45 AM ET

Adam Johnson, Esquire

We don’t really recommend fiction but a new story from one of my favorite writers, Adam Johnson, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Orphan Master’s Son, is not to be missed.

Did Goldman Sachs Overstep in Criminally Charging Its Ex-Programmer?
Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair

Everything Michael Lewis writes is worth reading, and this careful, fascinating look into how Goldman went after one of its top computer programmers is no exception.

George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates
George Saunders, New York Times

The one graduation speech actually worth reading this year. Its message: be kind.

In the Violent Favelas of Brazil
Suketu Mehta, New York Review of Books

A timely piece on the transformation of Brazil’s infamous favelas from the ever brilliant Suketu Mehta.

The Best Little Checkpoint in Texas
Al Reinert, Texas Monthly

Be careful where you carry marijuana across the border.

When Liberian Child Soldiers Grow Up
Claire MacDougall, Newsweek

What happens to child soldiers after the fighting stops?

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