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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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