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Best of 2013: Ten Great Long Reads


Ten highlights from a magnificent year of long-form magazine writing:


Royal bodies (Hilary Mantel, London Review of Books)

Thanksgiving in Mongolia (Ariel Levy, New Yorker)

Danse Macabre: A scandal at the Bolshoi Ballet (David Remnick, New Yorker)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Jahar's World (Janet Reitman, Rolling Stone)

Facebook feminism, like it or not  (Susan Faludi, The Baffler)

Love in the Gardens (Zadie Smith, New York Review of Books) 

For 40 years, this Russian family was cut off from all human contact, unaware of World War II (Mike Dash, Smithsonian)

Gangster bankers: Too big to jail (Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone)

Fat City (Karen Hitchcock, The Monthly) 

The impossible refugee boat lift to Christmas Island (Luke Mogelson, New York Times) 

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Feeding the Muppets

What does the Morrison government have to offer in terms of serious policy?

Paul Feig’s sophisticated ‘A Simple Favour’

This camp study of sociopathy is far from simple

Image of Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Portrait of Joseph Roulin’

‘MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art’

An eye candy-laden, educational treasure hunt of an exhibition

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Turnbull fires back

Unlike Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull never promised ‘no wrecking’