Long Reads Of The Week - 26 January

1 | David Remnick's profile of Barack Obama for The New Yorker is a fascinating glimpse into the character of the most powerful politician in the world as he enters the final stretch of his presidency.

2 | Over on Esquire US, Richard Dormen has being thinking about the concept of 'normal' when it comes to men in 2014. What the hell does that word mean anyway?

3 | Thought YouTube comment boards were the stupidest place on the internet? Think again, thanks to BuzzFeed and the founder of the blog SadYouTube, who has unearthed hundreds of surprisingly poetic and tender tributes to pop songs on the site.

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4 | Writing for the London Review of Books, Adam Mars-Jones' excellent analysis of a new book about Philip Roth is a must-read for any fans of the author.  

5 | In Vanity Fair, Buzz Bissinger tries to make sense of a senseless crime: the murder of one teenager by three others in the small town of Duncan, Oklahoma.