Long Reads Of The Week – 17 May

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | A deeply moving and difficult to read piece from US Esquire this week; 'The Friend' is one writer's account of losing his wife to cancer, and the best friend who gave up everything to help him get through it. By Matthew Teague.

2 | Eliciting sympathy for politicians is no easy eask, but the Guardian's Archie Bland just about does it with this look at what happens to MPs in the immediate aftermath of being voted out of office.

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3 | Suffering from social anxiety? There's an app for that, discovers The Atlantic's Robinson Meyer, who investigates the start up offering cognitive behavioral therapy via its clients' mobile phone.

4 | Four years after the death of Osama Bin Laden, the truth about the assassination is still not fully known. Seymour M. Hersh, writing in the London Review Of Books, unpicks some of what he claims are the lies perpetuated by the Obama administration.

5 | 'My Dad Tried to Kill Me with an Alligator' is not the best-named article we've read this week, but the funniest. In it Harrison Scott Key recalls a harrowing fishing trip from his childhood in rural Mississippi, for Outside magazine.