Long Reads Of The Week - 25 August 2013

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

1 | In the LA Weekly, a masterfully subdued tracing of the life of Michael Hastings: the brilliant, troubled war correspondent who brought a presidency into disarray with a Rolling Stone article, and whose mysterious death has spawned hundreds of conspiracy theories.

2 | “…the secret ingredient monosodium glutamate’s biggest secret may be that there was never anything wrong with it at all.” Buzzfeed visits the food lab of Momofuku mastermind David Chang, and discovers the truth about MSG and umami.

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3 | MCV dive into the story of the birth of FIFA, and how – against mighty odds – it became one of the world’s great gaming franchises.

4 | Roy Sullivan was hit by lightning seven times – the odds of which are 4.15 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. The Washington Post goes inside of the life of ‘The Spark Ranger’.

5 | Through a devastating long read, the author John Niven recounts his brother’s suicide in brutal, vicarious detail. An essential Guardian piece about family, mourning, and consequences.