Long Reads Of The Week

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | Writing for US Esquire, Chris Jones meets Scott Kelly, the astronaut about to make history by becoming the first American to spend an entire year aboard the International Space Station. A fascinating insight into the physical and mental consequences of life in space, you can read the story for a mere $2.99 (that's a little under two pounds to you and me).

2 | The New Yorker's profile of Angela Merkel, by George Packer, is as impressive and authoritative as the German Chancellor – and most powerful woman in the world – herself.

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3 | On the topic of powerful women, Chris Deerin, writing on Medium, published an eloquent tribute to Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's new First Minister, drawing on his experience as a father of three daughters.

4 | In 'The Man Who Made Tetris'Motherboard's Jagger Gravning meets Alexey Pajitnov, the man behind the greatest video game of all time.

5 | FInally, for two and a half years Paul Moran sifted through John Updike's rubbish, amassing an astonishing collection of the famous author's discarded letters and other personal effects. Here, for Texas Monthly, he explains why – and what he discovered.