Long Reads Of The Week - 1 June

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | Ian Parker's interview with Edward St. Aubyn explores how the author made "literature out of a poisoned legacy". It's a must-read for fans of his book and anyone interested in the creative process. For The New Yorker.

2 | Has the City done anything meaningful to protect itself from future economic shocks? For the Guardian, Stephen Moss goes deep into ‘enemy territory’ to find out.

3 | "He has three activities. In order of importance, they are: his wife and children, football and table-tennis. He is boring in a spectacular way." The Blizzard's Leo Verheul meets Robin van Persie for an interview that traces the superstar's difficult rise to the top of world football. 

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4 | In a fantastic piece called "Life in the Valley of Death", The New York Time Magazine's Scott Anderson explores the difficult reconciliation between Muslims and Serbs after a genocide

5 | According to BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen, Angelina Jolie plays the 'perfect game' in shaping her public image. Here she breaks down how.