1 | Part one and part two of Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard's account of tracing the Viking trail across North American is now online for The New York Times. This is travel writing at its most compelling.
2 | Two new films tell a different version of the same tragic story: that of a young Japanese woman who died in Minnesota on an apparent treasure hunt inspired by the film Fargo. Here for Grantland, Mike Powell explores the complex relationship between fact and fiction.
3 | How do you fight a war without firing a weapon? Writing for The New Yorker, Louis Menand explores how the U.S fought communist ideology through a secret network of student organisations stretching as far as Moscow.
4 | In 2013 a woman drove through a White House checkpoint and was shot dead. At the time the police responsible were called heroes. But was the tragedy really down to a secret service mistake? Jennifer Gonnerman has the story for Mother Jones.
5 | Writing for Los Angeles Magazine, Greg Nichols has the story of the unlikely sting operation that helped bring down LA's motorcycle thieves.