Long Reads Of The Week – 30 March

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | How did Mark Twain become known as the 'Lincoln of American literature'? Not through his novels, but a blistering lecture tour undertaken earlier in his career that delighted audiences up and down the country. Here for Salon, Ben Tarnoff traces the alternative career of a literary giant.

2 | As the search for the black box in the Malaysian Airlines crash continues, this piece from 2011 harks back to a similar case with the Air France flight that went missing on the way to Rio. Writing for Popular Mechanics, Jeff Wise explains what they did eventually discover about that remarkable case.

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3 | Writing for The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin argues that a preoccupation with safety has stripped modern day childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery – without making it safer. She travels to a 'anything goes' playground in Wales in search of a better solution.

4 | The creators of some of the most distinctive craft beers in the world are identical twins from Denmark, who can’t stand each other. Here for The New York Times, Jonah Weiner has the story.

5 | And for The New York Times Magazine, Nitsuh Abebe goes into the heart of Upworthy, the website that has perfected writing viral stories to become one of the fastest growing websites in the history of the internet – while infuriating millions.