Long Reads Of The Week - 2 February

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | To make the centenary of his birth, Peter Schjeldahl reflects on the extraordinary life of writer William S. Burroughs in this excellent profile for The New Yorker.

2 | In the build up to the Sochi Olympics, BuzzFeed journeys into the world of male figure skating and asks: Why Is The World’s Gayest Sport Stuck In The Closet?

3 | "Most TSA officers I talked to told me they felt the agency’s day-to-day operations represented an abuse of public trust and funds." Writing for Politico, Jason Edward Harrington, an ex-Transportation Security Administration agent, reflects on his time working in government security.

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4 | Is MDMA the safe party drug so many people take it for? Michael Blanding writing for The Boston Globe Magazine reports on what happens when the drug of the '00s "turns lethal".

5 | Finally, a bit of fiction. The New Yorker have an extract of Akhil Sharma's new book Family Life, based on the true story of his family moving from India to America. It ends in a swimming pool accident where he brother suffers permanent brain damage – and incident that shapes the rest of the book – and explains why Family Life is attracting such rave reviews in the US.