08.10.13 8:45 AM ET
The Week’s Best Longreads for August 9, 2013
Wikileaks’ Teenage Benedict Arnold
Ryan Gallagher, Slate
How the FBI used a baby-faced WikiLeaks volunteer to spy on Julian Assange.
Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker
Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re losing?
How Much Is a Life Worth?
James Oliphant, National Journal
Ken Feinberg, the man tasked with compensating victims after a devastating tragedy, knows the answer—and it’s rarely the same.
The Feminists of Zion
Allison Kaplan Sommer and Dahlia Lithwick, The New Republic
Will an unlikely alliance between Orthodox and progressive women will save Israel from fundamentalism?
How Athletes Get Great
Jeremy Repanich, Outside
Just train for 10,000 hours, right? Not quite. In his new book, author David Epstein argues that top-shelf athletic performance may be a more complicated formula than we’ve recently come to believe.
Nuke the Cat!
Scott Brown, New York
Damon Lindelof, blockbuster wizard par excellence, explains the inexorable logic of the ever-metastasizing apocalyptic flick.
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