Long Reads Of The Week – 24 May

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | As Ireland goes to the ballot box to vote in the gay marriage referendum, author Colm Toibin reviews historic attitudes to gay culture in his native country, for the Independent.

2 | Kevin Richardson is famous for getting dangerously close with wild cats, but what makes 'the Lion Whisperer' tick? The Smithsonian's Susan Orlean spends time with him on the range.

3 | As the most comprehensive book yet written on the Utøya massacre is published, Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard goes inside the mind of serial killer Anders Breivik, for the New Yorker.

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4 | In 'The Mystery of the Masons', Slate's Andrew Burt revisits the 1826 kidnapping that gave America its obsession with the secretive brotherhood.

5 | Finally, Esquire US's Matt Patches has the story of Walt Disney's ambitious but doomed plan to buld the city of tomorrow.