Long Reads Of The Week - 17 August

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | Many tributes – some good, some less so – have been written in the wake of Robin Williams' sad death. This, from The New Yorker's Anthony Lane, is one of the best.

2 | As his new book The Zone of Interest is released, the Guardian's Sam Leith looks back on the writer's career and wonders: why do we love to hate Martin Amis?

3 | What is purpose of nostalgia? Tracing the word's etymology and precense in arts and literature, the American Scholar's Willard Spiegelman on the "balm of fear".

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

4 | "You know, when you’re in this pool of poverty and lower education, pretty soon you start wearing all that as a badge." Linda Saetre, from The Believer, speaks with Ice Cube about his hip hop roots – and far more besides.

5 | Thanks to climate change, once-disparate animals are moving closer together and mating. For the New York Times Magazine, Moises Velasquez-Manoff reports on the hybrids animals challenging our notion of what it means to be a species.