Long Reads Of The Week – 26 July

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | For the New Yorker, author Dave Eggers traces the history of a small California town called Hollister, exploring both his family past and how the present day looks in rural America. 

2 | In 'Chasing Bayla', The Boston Globe's Pulitzer finalist Sarah Schweitzer goes to sea with biologist Michael Moor on a quest to save a whale.

3 | In the world of right-wing extremism, how do you tell who is dangerous? California Sunday Magazine's Ashley Powers has the story of 'The Vegas Plot', in which two ordinary Americans plan to kidnap a cop

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4 | Google is considered one of the most desirable employers in the world. But what would happen if you spent thirteen straight months of working, eating, and sleeping at the Googleplex? Bloomberg Business' Joel Stein meets Ben Discoe, the programmer who did just that.

5 | Finally in another New Yorker piece, Jill Lepore has long-lost story of the longest book ever written.