Long Reads Of The Week: The Tensest Hostage Situation In FBI History

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | In this personal and thorough profile of one of America's greatest men of letters, Michael Lewis delves into the archives of the legendary reporter turned novelist Tom Wolfe for Vanity Fair

2 | As part of New York Times Magazine's 'Greats' series, focusing on six masters of their fields, the author Bret Easton Ellis is dispatched to discuss, among other things, why movies are still better than television with Quentin Tarantino.

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3 | In the view of the most powerful people in Silicon Valley, "humanity is a kind of Prometheus bound by a constricting web of old institutional arrangements that the Internet must clear away." The New Yorker's Nicholas Lemann examines how two of tech's richest men – Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and Mark Pincus of Zynga – are influencing politics and the future of America.

4 | In 2013, a 5-year-old boy was kidnapped from a school bus in Alanta and held in an underground bunker by a disturbed man with a grudge against the government. It turned into one of the most complex hostages situations ever handled by the FBI. Here, Michael M. Phillips and the Wall Street Journal compile an account of what happened from interviews and exclusive access to audio and video recordings.

5 | Finally, In 'The death and life of the great British pub', the Guardian's Tom Lamont tells the story of the Golden Lion in Camden and how it fought back against the trend of Britain's public houses closing down at an alarming rate.