1 | 'Thanksgiving In Mongolia', Ariel Levy's piece in The New Yorker this week, is an account of a personal tragedy that is one of the most powerful pieces of writing we have read all year. To say anymore would be to give too much away.
2 | In 2011, hundreds of men applied to a Craigslist post advertising what sounded like a 'dream job' managing a farm in Ohio. In fact, they were being lured away to their death. Writing in the Guardian, Hanna Rosin tells the story of the Craigslist Killers, and in the process reveals a surprising truth about the emotional lives of men in a time of recession and family breakdown.
3 | Comedian Rob Delaney – interviewed recently for Esquire – has written a book, Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. In an extract ran in The Atlantic, he reflects on his time in rehab and specifically three friends who died as a result of their addictions.
4 | Mixed Martial Arts – MMA – is one of the fastest growing sports in America, for spectators and participants alike. But what physical price do its competitors pay to take part in what has been described as 'human cockfighting'? Matthew Stanmyre investigates for The Star-Ledger.
5 | Have hipsters ruined Paris? Writing for The New York Times, Thomas Chatterton Williams argues they have in an opinion piece that will challenge how you think of the Ninth Arrondissement.