Long Reads Of The Week

Some great features from around the world you may have missed

Will you live to see the last Star Wars movie? Unlikely, says Adam Rogers in Wired, who visits Lucasfilm to find them making plans for a franchise to last forever.

Writing in the New York Times, Jason Fagone uncovers how internet trolls are using a new practice called 'Swatting' to harrass their victims. 

Adam Nicolson's new book reveals the harshness of life in forgotten and neglected rural Romania where villagers frequently kill each other over petty land disputes, extracted here in The Guardian.

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Christopher Beam on Gawker follows the story of unlikely internet 'sensation' Li Hongjun, revealing not just how this viral fame arises but also what happens in the aftermath once it disappears. 

You don't often come across regretful confessions of ageing stars who've now left the limelight, which makes this visit to the longtime home of 79-year-old Burt Reynolds by Ned Zeman one to savour.