Long Reads Of The Week - 17 March

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | How do you pick up the pieces after your child commits the worst crime imaginable? Here, the New Yorker's Andrew Solomon speaks with father of the Sandy Hook school shooter Adam Lanza about his son's troubled upbringing and how no one saw his heart-breaking act of violence coming.

2 | 5 September, 1993: a date every Columbian football fan will always remember, the day they beat Argentine 5-0 to qualify for the '94 World Cup. At the heart of the victory was the man profiled here by Pablo Medina Uribe for Roads & Kingdoms: Fastino 'Tino' Asprilla, the maverick who would go on to briefly light up the Premier League for Newcastle United.

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3 | It's one of the biggest punch lines in cinema history: 1995's awful Street Fighter: The Movie. But how exactly did a once-promising premise for a new action franchise go so horribly, horribly wrong? Writing for Polygon, Chris Plante investigates the whole sorry saga, including Jean-Claude Van Damme's coke-fuelled affair with Kylie Minogue. The illustrations are fantastic, too.

4 | How did World War I change literature? 100 years on from the start of the conflict, The Atlantic's Benjamin Welton looks in particular at the spy thriller genre and how anxieties following the Great War helped shape the most famous spy hero of them all: James Bond.

5 | 11-year-old Shelby White grabbed headlines this month when she reportedly shot a cougar stalking her brother in rural Washington. But the news stories neglected to mention the fact her family have a history of killing endangered animals. Here, Shane Dixon Kavanaugh and Vocativ.com have the story.