Long Reads Of The Week – 22 June

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | What makes a tight-knit group with a shared interest descend into a dangerous cult leaving one of its members dead? Boze Herrington's description of life inside an evangelical prayer group, published in The Atlantic, takes you to places you never thought you'd go.

2 | Heard the one about Didier Drogba and the Ivory Coast football team and how they united a civil-war strewn nation? Jordan Conn's investigation for Grantland suggests the actual story is not quite what it seems.

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3 | They are the men who create entire worlds out of 8-bit pixels, an instantly recognisable style used by some of biggest companies in the world. But who are Eboy? Writer Amar Toor and video editor Thomas Houston have this report from Berlin for The Verge.

4 | Is coding the new literacy? For Mother Jones, Tasneem Raja ponders whether knowing how to program might hold the key to winning the 21st century.

5 | For the Financial Times, Simon Kuper travelled to Higher Blackley in Manchester to study "one of the least understood and most discriminated-against groups in society – Europe's white working class". His findings may challenge many of your perceptions.