Long Reads Of The Week – 8 February

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | "He wrote pirate porn, ghost porn, science-fiction porn, vampire porn, historical porn, time-travel porn, secret-agent porn, thriller porn, zombie porn and Atlantis porn," author Chris Offutt's father was one of the most prolific pulp writers in American history. In this extract from his forthcoming memoir for The New York Times, he describes unconvering the extent of his unusual family legacy.

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2 | Moving in with a partner is always the cause of new and unexpected revelations about each other and the relationship. But none, The Morning News' Alexander Chee claims, quite like combing bookshelves.

3 | 2015 marks the 90th anniversary of the accident that rendered artist Frida Kahlo crippled for life. Here for Contributoria, Julie Schwietert Collazo explores her global legacy.

4 | What's it like being a black cop in American? Officer Darren Sims says he spends every day fighting for his neighbours and his life, and tell Bloomberg Business's Esme Deprez about the morning it looked like he had to choose.

5 | Finally, the Guardian's David Cox offers a withering assessment of the films on the Oscars shortlist, asking whether 2015 is the year cinema 'chickened out'.