Long Reads Of The Week - 20 July

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | "There are hundreds of corpses strewn across a field today in eastern Ukraine. What is Vladimir Putin’s next move?" David Remnick's response in the New Yorker to the destruction of flight MH 17 is a cautious but intriguing look at the Putin regime through the eyes of one of his former advisors.

2 | For US Esquire, Tom Junod investigates the state of the American dog, specifically the doomed pit bull, 3000 of which are put down across the states every day.

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3 | On the 25th anniversary of the release of License to Ill, Amos Barshad explores the early friendship of the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC for New York Magazine.

4 | How do you become mega rich making awful music no one seems to like? Business Week's Ben Paynter has the answer, by studying the curious case of Nickleback.

5 | Jacob Rubin, also writing for the New Yorker, reflects on the way Buddhism and meditation are being appropriated (again) by the West, and whether they can ever be truly compatible with life in a ambitious, consumer-driven society.