Reading Room

Below I've listed five thought-provoking articles on a variety of subjects. Click the article title for full access.

Mad About the Boys | Vanity Fair

Until he fled the country in January, accused of embezzling more than $300 million, Lou Pearlman was famous as the impresario behind the Backstreet Boys and 'NSync. Turns out his investors weren't the only victims, colleagues reveal: Pearlman's passion for boy bands was also a passion for boys.

The Friend | Esquire

His wife was just thirty-four. They had two little girls. The cancer was everywhere, and the parts of dying that nobody talks about were about to start. His best friend came to help out for a couple weeks. And he never left.

The Coddling of the American Mind | The Atlantic

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.

The Long Fall of One-Eleven Heavy | Esquire

The plane had hit the water at more than four hundred miles per hour, nose first, two engines still firing, very unusual, extremely rare; the jet was two hundred feet long, and the tail rammed straight into the nose, everything exploding into more than one million pieces.

The Reckoning | The New Yorker

On the morning of December 14, 2012, Peter Lanza went to get lunch at work and found colleagues clustered around a television. Shocked by the developing news, Peter said, “Both my kids went to that school,” and went back to his office ... Unable to get any work done, he drove home to watch the coverage. A reporter was waiting in his driveway, and told him that somebody at his house was involved in the shootings. Peter closed the door, turned on the TV, and saw that CNN was identifying Ryan as the shooter. But he knew better.