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Happy Sunday! Before we get back to the grind, a few of our favorite longer reads from the year.

Everyone’s still wringing their hands about the fate of journalism, bemoaning a public that allegedly doesn’t read and businesspeople who allegedly are more interested in listicle clicks than in-depth journalism. To our mind, these laments are overwrought. Look around the Interwebs and you’ll find thoughtful, visceral stories about the world and the people in it. Including at OZY.

Near the end of 2014, we quietly started publishing longer-form stories every Sunday. Today, we’re pleased to bring you The Robots Will Save Philosophy, the first in a five-part series on the big (and sometimes wacky) ideas accompanying the tech revolution. Will we live forever? Will we even have jobs in 50 years? We’re also pleased to bring you a few of our longer-form stories from the past year:

Whatever Happened to Eddy Crane is a knife-sharp, first-person account of a daughter who spent years trying to find out what happened to her father.

Alan Korwin: The Accidental Gun Advocate profiles the sixtysomething Arizonan who’s become the wizard of pulling the levers of the right-to-bear-arms community. He is not a very good shot.

Squatting in Prague … and Solving Global Housing takes you deep inside what may be the most successful squatters’ movement in history: the beer and weed, but also classes, talks and concerts.

Almost Famous finds our reporter strutting her stuff — oops, we mean sauntering down — Hollywood Boulevard with a giant bodyguard, photographers and tourist packs seeking selfies with her. We did the research: Your 15 minutes of fame cost about $1,500.

Why Rock ’n’ Roll Stars Die Young starts with a proposition Kurt Cobain put in his suicide note: “[I]t’s better to burn out than to fade away” and discovers that even the most staid of us probably harbor tendencies to live fast and die young.

The Candy That Won’t Make It Past Customs delves into a confectionery controversy: Why Kinder Surprise, the egg-shaped chocolate that contains a toy inside, can’t find its way into the United States.

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