Long Reads Of The Week: 15 September 2013

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

1 | From the FT Magazine: the North Koreans who made it down south. A story on the remarkable lives of defectors, and the hardships of starting over.

2 | What happens when Hollywood makes a really, really bad movie out of your book? Scott Spencer takes to the Paris Review to explain the highs and lows of Endless Love.

3 | In the New Yorker, Jon Krakauer finds a new clue as to how Chris McCandless – whose story was told in Into The Wild – died.

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4 | “Why in the world did you think that you had to make the lies so big? Why did you have to involve the whole cancer community? Why did you have to use the power of your story to go after people who were trying to tell the truth?” A fascinating Q&A with Academy Award-winning documentary-maker Alex Gibney, whose next subject is Lance Armstrong

5 | "In the picture, he departs from this earth like an arrow. Although he has not chosen his fate, he appears to have, in his last instants of life, embraced it. If he were not falling, he might very well be flying." From our colleagues across the Atlantic, a story worth reading once a year.