The Best Long Reads Of The Week

Five great pieces of journalism you may have missed over the last seven days

1 | Writing for Grantland, Mike L. Goodman argues that Germany’s 7-1 drubbing of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final will affect the Brazilian training program for years to come and that despite a mediocre start (with a few questionable line-ups), Germany has now achieved “fire-breathing monster status”.

2 | In ‘California ScreamingThe New Yorker’s Nathan Heller explores the culture war between San Francisco’s hipster “townies” and the Silicon Valley “techies” who are bringing gentrification (and ever-increasing rents) to the inner city.

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3 | Is wrestling racist? The Atlantic’s Dion Beary delves into the world of wrestling “theatre” and finds that despite it’s “social consciousness” the WWE still has a problem with minority characters, with all 12 of the company’s black wrestlers either playing a minor role in storylines or being depicted as street thugs and gangsters.

4 | Writing for our American counterparts, Stephen Marche argues that these days sexy older women are everywhere (Sofia Vergara, Carla Gugino) and as such, we need to grow out of the increasingly un-remarkable American Pie-ism that is ‘MILF’

5 | National Geographic’s Michael D. Lemonick details how the search for extraterrestrial life is being carried out on Earth, from frozen Alaskan lakes to toxic tropical caves, 50 feet below the ground. What scientists find here may hold the answer to life on Mars and Jupiter’s moon Europa.