1 | Earlier this year 'El Chapo', the world’s most notorious drug lord, was finally captured by Mexican authorities. The New Yorker's reporter at large Patrick Radden Keefe has written a comprehensive and gripping account of how the operation was executed. More than that, it's an insight into a criminal lifestyle that is at turns tragic and absurd, and always astonishing.
2 | Esquire scribe Adam Baidawi has the story of Carissa Moore, the 21-year-old Hawaiian who is already a two-time surfing world champion. Writing for Red Bull, he charts her remarkable story in one of the most beautifully presented pieces we've seen this year.
3 | New York Times reporter Mosi Secret travels to Brownsville, one of New York’s poorest and most violent neighborhoods, to spend time with the area's young boys. His insight into their lives is refreshingly unsensational: more than anything, they're just bored. Which is precisely where the problems start.
4 | Zack O'Malley, a senior editor at Forbes, was the lucky man chosen to be the first 'civilian' to hear a snippet of the Wu-Tang Clan's new album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. Hear it for yourself and read why, still without a buyer, the album the hip hop world is waiting for is being transported around Morocco under lock and key.
5 | We are living in a world where dying suddenly has become uncommon. A good thing, surely, but how has our perception of the final curtain changed as a result? Jacob M. Appel's funny and thought-provoking think piece for The Kenyon Review ponders that very question.