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9 Longform Stories We're Reading This Week: Harry Nilsson, Tig Notaro, And Civil Forfeiture

Last year, Tig Notaro performed a now-legendary set that opened with the words, "Hello, I have cancer." How did she survive the chaos that followed, and where does she go from here? Read our profile of her, and these other great longform stories from around the web.

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4. Did Goldman Sachs Overstep in Criminally Charging Its Ex-Programmer?Vanity Fair

Left, BY William Farrington; Right, By Allan Tannenbaum; Both from Polaris / Via

One month after programmer Sergey Aleynikov left Goldman Sachs, he was arrested. Exactly what he’d done neither the FBI, which interrogated him, nor the jury, which convicted him a year later, seemed to understand. Michael Lewis investigates. Read it at Vanity Fair.

8. Join, Or Die — Narratively

Photograph by Mike Cirilo / Narratively

From the top of their kepis to the tip of their brogans, these Brooklyn-based Civil War reenactors leave everything on the battlefield. Jesse Marx writes: "Civil War reenactors approach their hobby with the zeal of a prophet and the curiosity of an academic." Read it at Narratively.