Long Reads Of The Week

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | "On the rare occasion that I could convince a friend to visit ,  they would inevitably peer out the window, down onto the fenced space, softly breathing the same words: That’s sad." On the anniversary of 9/11, Rex Sorgatz writes for Medium on what it's like living above the site of Ground Zero. 

2 | On the same topic, REM front man Michael Stipe reflects on the 9/11-inspired artwork of Douglas Coupland and the consequences of the tradegy on the American psyche for the Guardian.

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3 | For New York Times Magazine, Kathryn Schulz reflects on how, in the midst of some of the worst wildfire conditions America has seen in a century, a book called Young Men and Fire about the Mann Gulch of 1949 has recaptured the country's imagination.

4 | As the economy gets ever better at satisfying our immediate, self-serving needs, who is minding the future? The question of instant gratification is pondered by Paul Roberts in The American Scholar's Autumn cover story.

5 | Writing for National Geographic, Roff Smith delves into the world of London cabbies, who undergo "the world's hardest geography test" to obtain 'the knowledge', an undertaking that makes them better at finding their way around than Satellite navigation and GPS.