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:

Going the distance — David Remnick goes on and off the road with Barack Obama

Bill Simmons apologizes for Grantland’s recent controversial piece — How “Dr. V’s Magical Putter” came to be published

It’s official: Ezra Klein is leaving the Post — Why WaPo passed on supporting Klein’s new venture

Maybe Ezra Klein and Jeff Bezos are both right — Did Klein’s proposal for a new news site make economic sense for the Post?

The NYT’s most popular story of 2013 was not an article — List of its 10 most visited pieces of last year

Secrets of the brain — New technologies are shedding light on biology’s greatest unsolved mystery: how the brain really works

Narrative persona in nonfiction — Or why Tom Wolfe wears ridiculous white suits

Why does life exist? — A 31-year-old assistant professor at MIT has derived a mathematical formula that may answer the question

‘Accessible, prompt, and equitable? — An examination of sexual assault at Columbia University

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