Although we’re somewhat music-obsessed at London in Stereo, it doesn’t mean we don’t have other interests, and with the amount of time we spend online listening to all the new music we can get our paws on, we can’t help but come across other gems. So we’re going to start collecting a page of our favourite longreads from all over the web, articles we can’t help but want to tell you about, the best in the interesting, odd and inspiring. So dig in, you never know what you might find out about.

The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare
The New York Times, by Nathaniel Rich

Erin Brockovich-esque stories will never fail to be inspiring and somewhat heart-warming. This account of a big firm lawyer, risking everything to take a ridiculously huge American company to task for (knowingly) poisoning water sources is, of course, both troubling and staggering. With consequences that reach across the globe, this is a fantastic in-depth look at a terrifying story.

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The Comeback Kid: Michael Alig’s Return to New York Nightlife
Thump, by Michelle Lhooq

Much has been written about Michael Alig since his release from prison, and it’s easy to devour it all with complete fascination, but with speculation and bias seeping into every corner it’s sometimes difficult to really work out the man behind the stories. Lhooq doesn’t glamourise the infamous murder, nor does she look at the scene Alig was so part of – and responsible for – through rose tinted glasses. She looks at the human, the personality that has been through such a fascinating series of events, away from the myths, without ever denying that these things are in fact, part of the story in their own way.

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Edward Clarkin Is The Most Important Man In Journalism Today — And He’s Probably Not A Real Person
Think Progress, by Judd Legun

So there’s a chance a great deal of American politics will end up in these articles, because well, it’s a circus out there. This is a crazy story about a newspaper owner. Some of you might have seen a recent story about journalists at the Las Vegas Review-Journal having to investigate who it was that had bought their paper. Now this story takes a slightly…strange turn. As if it wasn’t strange enough.

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Heavy Drinkers, Party Drinkers and Ex Drinkers Talk About Their Relationship with Booze
Vice, by Vice Staff

As January drew to a close and we were all forced to examine our drinking habits by our ‘Dry January’ partaking friends, Vice asks some of its writers to talk about their own experiences with alcohol. From the melancholic and reflective to the celebratory and care-free, it illustrates perfectly the different approaches and reactions to a sometimes sensitive subject, without ever making you feel guilty for indulging.

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The Aftershocks
Matter, by David Wolman

In April 2009 a devastating earthquake hit L’Aquila in Italy. In the aftermath, seven of the country’s top scientists were convicted of manslaughter. Wolman takes a very human look at the events leading up to the quake, the people involved and the impact of ambiguous communication. An unusual case that provokes important questions, not least of all: what do we risk when we put scientists on trial for their predictions?

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