Long Reads Of The Week 2 January

5 great reads you missed from around the web

1 | Writing for The Atlantic, James Fallows explores ‘The Tragedy of the American Military’, arguing that the American public and politicians, with their overblown and limitless praise for the armed forces will ‘do anything for the military except take it seriously’.  

2 | They say that you’re never more than 10 metres away from a James Patterson book. While he isn’t exactly Cormac McCarthy, the American author is estimated to have earned $90 million in 2014. Writing for Vanity Fair, Todd S. Purdum explores the Patterson conveyor belt in ‘The Henry Ford of Books’. 

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3 | In addition to sunshine and top quality Mexican food, Southern California has long been synonymous with street gangs. From the Bloods to the Crips, these outlaws have been driving down house prices for decades, until that is, last year when gangs began vanishing. The Pacific Standard’s Sam Quinones finds out why. 

4 | The forgotten history of British WW1 internment camps is explored through the experiences of (innocent but in the wrong place at the wrong time) Austrian painter Paul Cohen-Portheim in Andrea Pitzer’s piece for Lapham’s Quarterly

5 | As Back To The Future 2 fans finally celebrate the arrival of 2015 (in which the film is set), Longreads.com explores ‘The Rise and Fall of John DeLorean’ as told by the daughter of DeLorean’s bankruptcy lawyer, Suzanne Snider.