Must-reads of the week

A-difficult-week 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:

Newtown, Connecticut: a very American tragedy — An attempt to explain why mass shootings happen so much more frequently in the United States then the rest of the world

Reflections from a gamer on the culture of video-game violence — “We have to stop being instantly defensive about our hobby, and begin to open ourselves up to conversations about the violence in games, why it’s there, what it means, and why we’re so attracted to it”

What Obama must do about guns — David Remnick: It is time for the President to risk disapproval in the name of saving lives

Brian Lam, the former editor of Gizmodo, gets off the hamster wheel — “I came to hate the Web, hated chasing the next post or rewriting other people’s posts just for the traffic”

Snow fall — The avalanche at Tunnel Creek

The bribery aisle — How Wal-Mart got its way in Mexico

The most dangerous beat on Earth — Four journalists on what it’s like to cover Syria

Intimate portraits of New York’s red light district — A Wall Street trader quits his job to record the lives of prostitutes and addicts

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