1 | In 'The Long Captivity of Michael Scott Moore', Joshua Hammer tells the of the German-American surfing writer kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2012 and held for two years. It's gripping stuff, for Outsider.
2 | Why is everyone calling Pharrell William's new music video for 'It Girl' creepy? It might have something to do with the animated child the singer appears to try and woo in it. All an example of the strange world of Japanese Lolicon, explains the New Yorker's Matt Alt.
3 | LA Magazine's investigation into child prostitution and human trafficking, by Mike Kessler, is as brutal a read as you'd expect, but explains how a new strategy is offering some hope to people being bought and sold in the Californian city.
4 | One legacy of the Berlin Wall, argues the Boston Globes' Leon Neyfakh, is an insight into how ideology and economics shape society. An interesting take on the lessons the world can learn from the 25 years Germany was split in half.
5 | Bibi Ayisha, known as 'Commander Pigeon', is Afghanistan's only female warlord. Writing for New Republic, Jen Percy recalls spending a night in her company.