1 | "The door was kept locked, and a guard was stationed outside twenty-four hours a day[...] White blinds covered floor-to-ceiling windows. There were whiteboards, and on five white Formica tables sat five new laptops, unconnected to the Internet or to any other network. The trove of documents from Snowden were kept on these computers, in encrypted file containers. Accessing each container required three passwords, and no individual knew more than one. " The New Yorker's extensive profile of Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and how he broke the Edward Snowden story, by Ken Auletta, reads, at times, like a political thriller. A fascinating, thorough account of one of the biggests news stories of the year.
2 | Every year, Bob Dylan is rumoured to be in line for the Noble Prize for Literature, and every year, the notion is sniffed at by the literary world. Here, writing for the The New York Times, Bill Wyman puts forward the most compelling case yet why the idea should be taken seriously: "If the academy doesn’t recognize Bob Dylan – a bard who embodied the most significant cultural upheaval of the second half of the last century – it will squander its best chance to honor a pop poet."
3 | "Not long after Radcliffe moved out on his own, he started drinking. By his own description, this was not casual drinking at parties, but every-night drinking, heavy drinking, drinking to the point of making a scene and then blacking out." Writing again in The New York Times, Susan Dominus travels with Daniel Radcliffe as he promotes his latest film Kill Your Darlings in Venice. The emerging portrait is a fascinating look at fame and a man who managed to pull himself back from the cliched fate of the childhood star.
4 | What is social media doing to the sex lives of our teenagers? Transforming it beyond recognition, according to this report by Vanity Fair. Bling Ring author Nancy Jo Sales interviews several young people about hook-up culture, pornography and how we may be "raising our kids to be performers".
5 | As part of their excellent 80th anniversary edition, American Esquire's Chris Jones tells the incredible story the time in 1963 when a JFK-carrying Air Force One went dark.