Welcome to another A2A Long Reads, a weekly roundup of the most in-depth and thought-provoking longform journalism pieces (according to me, of course). This week’s long reads are courtesy of The New Yorker, GQ Magazine, Foreign Policy, The Guardian and LA Times.

From aggressive overtures to sexual assault: Harvey Weinstein’s accusers tell their stories

Decades of disturbing allegations of sexual assault and harassment have finally caught up to Harvey Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s most prominent executives. Less than two weeks after The New York Times‘ explosive investigation revealed that Weinstein had paid off his accusers for decades, more victims have come forward. In this shocking long read from The New Yorker, multiple women recount their personal experiences with Weinstein, during which they say they were either assaulted, harassed or in some cases, both.

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The man who forgot he was a rap legend

At the height of his rap career, T La Rock was one of hiphop’s hottest MCs. A Bronx native, some of the biggest names in the genre like Tupac, Public Enemy and LL Cool J, have all paid homage to him over the years. But after suffering a traumatic brain injury in 1994, this rap god would need to rediscover hiphop— and more importantly, himself — all over again.

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It was, as they say, a warm room. T looked around and saw that everyone was there: Bernie and Leon, rolling back and forth in their chairs; Norma and Sophie and Betty down in front; and on the sidelines, Marshall and Sheila, clapping for him. He’d had to painstakingly re-memorize his rap, a medley of hits from his glory days. At the edge of the stage, a student volunteer started beatboxing, and when T found his way into the rhythm, his confidence swelled. He felt that familiar feeling, the declarative pose of street corners in the Bronx, the self-assurance of a youthful yearning for a place in the world, and as the beat rolled to the edge of the verse it was by instinct that T La Rock reached for the microphone.

Highway through hell

Last week’s A2A Long Reads featured part one of Foreign Policy’s special series, investigating the many facets of Europe’s migrant crisis. In part two, FP explores the unintended consequences of the European Union’s decision to shut down one of the busiest human smuggling routes in Africa.

An excerpt from this long read:

Ali’s mind was running wild with terrifying possibilities of what he might encounter in the dark when he felt the ground fall away and the vehicle pitch to the side. For a moment, he was airborne. Then the truck hit the ground with crushing force, careening to a halt on its side at the bottom of a gully he had missed in the darkness. He heard the groans before he wriggled himself free from the wreckage. Then he saw the trail of people thrown from the truck at odd intervals behind him. Two of them lay prostrate under a 50-gallon fuel tank. Their bodies were still.

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Today’s world is more connected than ever before, thanks to the emergence of social media. Every second of each day, tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter give billions of users around the world instant connectivity and gratification. But some of the very insiders who helped develop and build these social platforms now question the giants they’ve created. As they now realize, hindsight is one hell of a thing.

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“One reason I think it is particularly important for us to talk about this now is that we may be the last generation that can remember life before,” Rosenstein says. It may or may not be relevant that Rosenstein, Pearlman and most of the tech insiders questioning today’s attention economy are in their 30s, members of the last generation that can remember a world in which telephones were plugged into walls.

Dirty John part 1: The real thing

Debra Newell is 59, four times divorced and looking for another chance at love. When she meets John, a handsome but rough-around-the-edges doctor, she thinks she’s hit the jackpot. But everyone can tell that something isn’t right about John. If only she could see it, too.

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These are the week’s best long reads According to Adrienne. If you’ve got a piece you think I’d be interested in, send it to info@accordingtoadrienne.com.

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