Long Reads Of The Week - 23 February

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | Are we treating the recent conflict in Ukraine as 'disaster porn'? Writing for Politico, Sarah Kendzior laments the rise of the "apocalypsticle" and questions how the internet covers world news.

2 | BuzzFeed's beautiful illustrated interview with Olivia Laing is a fascinating glimpse into the author's views on loneliness and the propensity for writers to glamourise drinking, which is the subject of her book The Trip to Echo Spring.

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3 | A solid early response to House Of Cards season 2 in The New Yorker, by Ian Crouch. Is Frank Underwood the politician we deserve?

4 | Another great interview – Jeff Bercovici talk to Gawker founder Nick Denton for Playboy to get the story behind the media empire that changed American politics.

5 | What's it like being a ghost writer for one of the most controversial men in the world? Writing for London Review of Books, Andrew O'Hagan recalls his time as Julian Assange's scribe.