The Best Things You (Probably) Didn't Read Last Weekend

Your essential reads of the moment, curated by Esquire's editorial team.

1 | "It is one thing if Obama is killing only those who have the intention and capacity to massacre Americans. It is quite another if he is dealing out death in pursuit of ordinary foreign policy goals because it has become so mercifully easy to do." The London Review of Books asks: What's in it for Obama? 

2 | Salon explores the "Sexy Spring" – Iran and China's rapid adoption of Western sexual values.

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3 | Why does time seem to pass faster as we grow older? And can we reverse that effect? "Why do older people look back at long stretches of their lives and feel it’s a race to the finish?" ponders the New York Times, in a curious read on the pace of thought.

4 | Vice discovers the "sad state of American nuns" – whose numbers are growing fewer and fewer, older and older. 

5 | And, from Esquire's August issue – and now free to read in its entirety online – Sanjiv Bhattacharya goes behind the scenes with James Deen, "the Ryan Gosling of Porn"