Best Long Reads Of The Week - 27 October

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | The most tweeted-about piece on the internet this week was Russell Brand's 4,500-word manifesto for a revolution, as part of the comedian's guest editorship of The Newstatesman. Although light on details of what exactly his new world would look like, Brand's rant against capitalism, Conservatism and our impending enviromental doom is one of the most beautifully evocative and though-provoking polemics to come from anywhere in a long time – with some great one-liners to boot.

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2 | Meanwhile, in Japan, young people are no longer having sex. Writing for the Guardian, Abigail Haworth visits a society trapped in a alarming population crisis, where the country's young are increasing uninterested in sex or relationships, to try and find out why.

3 | For The New Yorker, Elizabeth Rubin tells the story of the Shannon Davis, the Texan philanthropist who is helping to fund the hunt for Jospeth Kony. Using funds from a charitable organisation she heads, Davis has hired private military contractors to train an African army determined to capture the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army and one of the world's most wanted war criminals. And they're getting very, very close.

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4 | Newly developed drugs can extent a cancer patient's life by a matter of days. But with costs running into the tens of thousands, is it ethical to provide them? Stephen S. Hall investigates the medical breakthrough for the New York Times, as well as the doctors who refuse to use them.

5 | "In late May of this year, a few weeks shy of her fiftieth birthday, my youngest sister, Tiffany, committed suicide." David Sedaris, writing for The New Yorker, tells the deeply personal story of a family tragedy – and much more besides.

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