Long Reads Of The Week: 22 September 2013

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

1 | This week Jonathan Franzen published an article in the Guardian excoriating our “media-saturated, technology-crazed" age and the evils of the internet. Here, Maria Bustillos dissects the essay and the flurry of outraged commentary it caused for The New Yorker.

2 | The Atlantic's Yochi Dreazen reports from Mali, the first sovereign country to be largely taken over by al-Qaeda, turning it into the world's newest terrorist training ground. The result is a far-reaching account arguing why the new face of global terror is like to be African.

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3 | A rare interview with Roman Polanski in Vanity Fair looks at the controversial director's prosecution for unlawful sex with a minor in 2009. James Fox details 'one of the longest cases in California history', the public hatred the followed and Polanski's next movie about the Dreyfus affair.

4 | "Drawing a line from Frank Sinatra to Jay Z, Justin Timberlake has become this generation’s master of ceremonies" according to Michael Hirschorn in The New York Times. His interview with the singer ponders how, in an age of disposable celebrity, the former N' Sync star has remained relevant by making shrewd career choices and limiting his exposure.

5 | Boris Kachka's lively portrait of novelist Thomas Pynchon for Vulture aims to dispel some myths about one of America's most enigmatic and revered writers.

 

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15 September 2013

8 September 2013

1 September 2013

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