The Sunday Long Read, 1/3/21

Welcome to 2021! Bad news: you’re already behind on that ‘read more’ resolution. Good news: We’re here to help you catch up. A few quick notes before we dive in:

  1. After our giveaway last year, we’re introducing The Sunday Shoutout section this week, starting with an entry from our sweepstakes winner, Cary. If there’s something you want to get the word out about, help us spread The SLR, then e-mail us a copy of your emailed recommendation to at least six of your friends and colleagues!
  2. This week’s lead-off Last Laugh selection comes from the folks at AirMail, who have brought it outside the paywall exclusively for SLR readers. Do check it out for a palette cleanser.
  3. And when you’re done with these couple dozen reads (ha!), tune in/set your DVRs to ESPN tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET for “The Tale of Te’o,” Don’s latest episode of Backstory. The exploration of the 2012 “catfishing” hoax of star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o will be available to watch anytime on the ESPN app and later this month on ESPN+. Here’s the trailer.

Now, without further ado – click here to read this week’s edition of the Sunday Long Read.