11.23.13 10:45 AM ET
The Week’s Best Longreads for November 23, 2013
Death of a Professor
L.V. Anderson, Slate
An 83-year-old French instructor’s undignified death became a cause célèbre for exploited academics. But what really happened to Margaret Mary Vojtko?
Wall Street Isn’t Worth It
John Quiggin, Jacobin
Cutting the banks down to size isn’t just got politics—it’s good policy.
The Godfather of Free Online Education Changes Course
Max Chafkin, Fast Company
He captivated the world with visions of self-driving cars and Google Glass and has signed up 1.6 million students for online classes. So why is he pivoting away from MOOCs? “We don’t educate people as others wished, or as I wished,” says online education pioneer Sebastian Thrun.
How is Hamid Karzai Still Standing?
William Dalrymple, The New York Times Magazine
Enemies left, enemies right, and then there’s his family. Building an Afghan legacy is even more complicated than it appears.
Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker
Inside Google quest to create a self-driving car.
The Hip Hop Poseur
Terrence McCoy, Miami New Times
Jimmy Sabatino can’t stop scamming—even though he’s in prison.
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