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. 

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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.