Long Reads Of The Week: Obama, Adele A Murder Mystery

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | This discussion between President Obama and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson appears on the New York Review of Books in two parts. In the first, amongst other things, they ruminate on the natural of democracy. In part two, amongst other things, they discuss fiction, with the President revealing "the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels".  

2 | "It's not me trying to be like fucking anti-famous cunt-y, I just want to have a real life so I can write records. No one wants to listen to a record from someone that's lost touch with reality. So I live a low-key life for my fans." Adele's first interview for three years, with i:D's Hattie Collins, is a great way to get reacquainted with one of our most gifted singer and songwriters.

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3 | This interview with Sepp Blatter, by the Financial Times' Malcolm Moore, caused headlines this week as the disgraced suspended Fifa president claimed that France rigged the vote to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup. 

4 | Writing for Matter, Josh Dean has the story of Elisa Lam, the Canadian student whose mysterious death in an LA hotel became a online conspiracy magnet.

5 | Finally, the Guardian's Christopher de Bellaigue looks at Turkey's forthcoming election and asks whether charismatic politician Selahattin Demirtaş could bring about peace between the Turks and Kurds.