Long Reads Of The Week: Piracy, Climbing Prodigies And The Most Profound Videogame Of All Time

5 great reads you might have missed from around the web

1 | When Ryan Green found out his 2-year-old son had terminal brain cancer, he began to make a videogame about the experience. Here for Wired, Jason Tanz has the story of That Dragon, Cancer, a game that began as a way to help a family grieve that is now challenging perceptions of what the entire medium can achieve.

2 | Derek Walmsley's London Review of Books article on How Music Got Free, a new book by Stephen Witt, traces the early days of internet music piracy, from Napster and torrent sites to a manual worker at a CD pressing plant in North Carolina who smuggled hiphop records out from the factory floor. It's a reminder of a brief time when music was 'free' – and how the industry fought to claim it back. 

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

3 | The American justice system continues to fascinate and, in some respects, appal. At 16, Taurus Buchanan was sentenced to life without parole for throwing one deadly punch in a schoolboy fight. Now the Supreme Court is on the verge of giving him a chance at freedom. For Mother Jones, Corey G. Johnson and Ken Armstrong have the full story.

4 | "Sometimes you get the sense that she isn’t so much an athlete as an art project." In 'The Wall Dancer', Nick Paumgarten of the New Yorker meets Ashima Shiraishi, the 14-year-old sensation who has been described as the most gifted climber of all time. How far can she go? And what really motivates her and her parents?

5 | Finally, to the tricky pest problem of... kangaroos. With the cuddly national icon outnumbering people by 26 million in Australia, they have become the target of government-sponsored sharpshoots. Outside Online's Paul Kvinta joins them for a unlikely hunting expedition.

What do you think?

Culture
Share
Benedict Cumberbatch Sang Onstage With Pink Floyd's David Gilmour
The pair sang 'Comfortably Numb'
Mark Walhberg
Culture
Share
Mark Wahlberg Talks Success, Fatherhood And Burgers
A quick chat with the Deepwater Horizon actor​
Apple HQ Battersea
Culture
Share
Apple Is Setting Up A HQ In One Of London's Most Iconic Buildings
Welcome to Battersea, America​
Film
Share
Disney Is Remaking The Lion King Because Nothing Left In This World Is Sacred
Jon Favreau: step away from our childhoods​
Justin Vernon
Culture
Share
Album Review: 22, A Million By Bon Iver
​Bon Iver's new album has a spring in its step​
Warren Beatty
Film
Share
Warren Beatty Says He Didn't Actually Have Sex With 13,000 Women
That myth was too good to be true
fifa 17 gameplay
Culture
Share
This Is How Fifa Video Game Player Ratings Are Really Calculated
From the man in charge of creating them​
The Dude Big Lebowski
GIF
Film
Share
These Are The 21 Greatest Character Exits In Movie History
"The Dude abides"​​
Jamie Vardy
Culture
Share
Jamie Vardy Slowed His Injury Recovery Because He Loved Skittle Vodka Too Much
A hero we can relate to​​​
James Corden and Usain Bolt
TV
Share
Watch James Corden Take On Usain Bolt In A 100 Metre Sprint
Also starring Owen Wilson, for some reason​​​