Long Reads Of The Week – 2 March

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | The actor Alec Baldwin's decision to retire from public life was delivered via a frank conversation with Vulture's Joe Hagan. Partly an attempt to 'put the record straight', partly a diatribe against the modern world, the result is a fascinating – if not always entirely convincing – farewell. 

2 | Think 'clickbait' articles are a modern phenonomen? Not so, argues io9's Annalee Newitz, in this interesting piece about the long history of 'yellow journalism'.

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3 | Are the robots about to rise? The Guardian's Carole Cadwalladr meets Google's Ray Kurzweil, the man with a genius for predicting the future of technology, who certainly thinks so. Fascinating, and more than a little terryfing.

4 | Politico's Glenn Thrush had this excellent profile of American Vice-President Joe Biden. Will the 71-year-old with the most famous grin in politics run for the presidency in 2016?

5 | Finally, to mark the sad passing of Harold 'Egon' Ramis, US Esquire has republished an interview with the actor and the other stars of Ghostbusters byJason MatloffOne of the great comedies of the 80s could have been a total disaster. Find out why.