Must-reads of the week

Stuffed Banana with Dreadlocks Edition

Culled from CJR’s frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the Internet, here are your can’t-miss must-reads of the past week:

Back online after a year without the internet — “I didn’t want to meet this [me] at the tail end of my yearlong journey”

The story behind Jason Collins’ story — How it happened

New Hampshire man loses life savings on carnival game — “Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings, $2,600, on a carnival game and all he has to show for it is a stuffed banana with dreadlocks”

David Brooks and the role of opinion journalism — On the latest offensive in the passive-aggressive Cold War between David Brooks and Paul Krugman

A conversation with a single mom living on $40,000 a year — “I feel like I’ve kind of just given up any thoughts of having a better life for myself, and really just try to focus on my kids”

Jayson Blair, 10 years later — Blair’s college paper looks back at his tenure

Parents of Reddit, what is the creepiest thing your kid has ever said to you? — “Daddy, I love you so much that I want to cut your head off and carry it around so I can see your face whenever I want”

Can Politico spot gender issues? — “Anonymous staffers—whether current, former or dead—will give you a story about any newsroom in the country. The question is whether it matters”

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