Long Reads Of The Week - 28 September

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | In his article 'Death, drones and driverless cars: how Google wants to control our lives', Guardian's Oliver Burkeman explores the intentions of one of the world's biggest and most influential companies, and asks whether their never-ending expansion can really be good for us.

2 | Writing for LA Times, Jenny Deam has the story of a Billy Ray Wheelock, a man sentenced to life in prison during a period of harsh drug policies who was then freed under President Obama after 21 years.

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3 | This week, a London pop up restuarant called Death Row Dinners offered diners the chance to eat from a menu inspired by the last requests of notorious criminals. Examining the ensuing furorer, the New Yorker's Hannah Goldfield considers why 'what would you last meal be?' is a question we are so fascinated by.

4 | What is it like spending your life writing obituaries? For the Paris Review, Alex Ronan interviews Margalit Fox, the woman who has been penning the last word on global figures for the New York Times for the past twenty years.

5 | Andrew Burt, writing for Slate, tells the remarkable story of former CIA agent John T. Downey, the longest held American captive of war.