Richard Jackson

Long Reads: The Most Wanted Man in China, Love and Autism, and Making a Murderer

An in-depth look into Making A Murderer, an autistic’s search for love, and being public enemy number one, all in this week’s Long Reads selected by Richard Jackson.


My Autistic Brother’s Quest for Love – Danielle Bacher (Esquire)

Sometimes we forget that love is a thing we humans need. We all crave affection and love, to receive and to give—except for Donald Trump, who possibly is lacking a soul. This is a really lovely story about someone living with a disability that impairs their emotional response, who still wants and requires love.


TV: The Shame of Wisconsin – Lorrie Moore (The New York Review of Books)

You can barely leaf through social media these days without coming across the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, which is entirely justified, because it is fantastic. This article is the most complete critique of the series I have discovered. It provides not only a summary of the series, but also highlights its flaws throughout, all the while weaving in history and literature to provide a context to the story and the setting in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.



I Was the Most Wanted Man in China – Fang Lizhi (Literary Hub)

Similar to the story of Making a Murderer, this piece provides a brief insight into what happens when the power of the state turns on the individual. Regime stooges following you, attempting to manipulate and strong-arm you; it’s positively Orwellian. I can’t imagine how scary it would actually be, being a pawn in a political game and ultimately knowing that your government could break you.


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