Top 5 Stories of the Week: Scientology & Singularity

Some critics worry that smartphones and tablet computers will ruin our ability to focus on long form material. To fight this trend, we will have the editors of pick an essay for your weekend reading pleasure every week.

This week, editors Aaron Lammer and Max Linsky picked “The Apostate” by Lawrence Wright in the February 2011 issue of the New Yorker. Four more stories follow below.

Here’s more about the first pick: “During his 35 years as a member of the Church of Scientology, Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis went “all the way to the top.” The story of why he left, and what happened once he did.”

2. The Inequality That Matters
Tyler Cowen | The American Interest | Feb 2011
A primer on income inequality in America.

3. Inside the Secret Service
Marc Ambinder | The Atlantic | Mar 2011
A look at what it takes to protect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he’s in New York City.

4. 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal
Lev Grossman | Time | Feb 2011
Ray Kurzweil and the Singularity; when will our minds meld with the machine?

5. What Was He Thinking?
Chris Ballard | Sports Illustrated | Feb 2011
A profile of Jake Plummer, the NFL quarterback who turned down a $5M offer and left the game while still in his prime.