Long Reads Of The Week: Trolls, Train Wrecks And Barbies

1 | 'Eris' was simultaenously a notorious troll and a much-loved member of a tight-knit online gaming community called Epic Mafia. Then he committed suicide. Writing for the Guardian, Alina Simone has a very modern story of life, death and lies in a virtual world

2 | In 'The Wreck of Amtrak 188', Matthew Shaer from New York Times Magazine has the story of the 2015 Philadelphia train derailment, the worst American rail disaster in decades that caused 8 deaths and over two hundred injuries.

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3 | In an effort to appeal to millenial Mums, Barbie is releasing its dolls in three new shapes: petite, tall and curvy. Time's Eliana Dockterman goes inside the company and asks what this means for American beauty ideals.

4 | Was there really a murder at Crufts? For Vanity Fair, Mark Seal investigates the case of poisioned Irish setter Jagger and uncovers the tense rivalries that can turn sinister in the world of competitive dog showing.

5 | How did a father and son solved the mystery of the dinosaurs’ demise? Sean B. Carroll has the story of 'The Day the Mesozoic Died', for Nautilus.

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