Long Reads Of The Week - 5 October

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | To mark the 20th anniversary of Anthony Burgess' death, Irvine Welsh wrote a riveting account of the author's life for the Telegraph, including his struggle with being known as the man who wrote A Clockwork Orange: "Writers tend to indulge the necessary conceit that they do their best work in their later years[...] Like most creative artists, however, it’s often the freshness of their (relatively youthful) voice that tends to captivate the public". The Trainspotting author should know.

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2 | Never mind commercial flights into space – Elon Musk wants to put a million people on Mars. Why? To save humanity, of course. See if you're convinced by reading his interview with Ross Andersen, for Aeon.

3 | Writing for Slate, John Swansburg explores the history of America's 'most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth': that of the self-made man

4 | The tragic murder of journalist James Foley sparked an international retaliation against Islamic State. Here, for The American ScholarClare Morgana Gillis recalls what it was like working with the American under extreme conditions in Libya.

5 | Can 'garden cities' save the planet? writing for Foreign Policy, Amanda Kolson Hurley charts the revival of an 1898 idea currently spreading from the UK to China – and high hopes of its supporters.