Workers prepare the stage for a debate sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona on February 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona.
During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles.
Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on.
Why CNN Is Obsessed With Flight 370: 'The Audience Has Spoken' |Mashable
CNN's near-constant coverage of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has led to widespread derision and critique of the network. How can a strategy ridiculed by critics, media watchers and even President Barack Obama have spurred a TV ratings and digital traffic spike for the network? Because the audience told them it would.
The Unmothered | The New Yorker
"And what about those who don't have a mother?" Take a deep breath before reading this beautiful, moving essay on losing a parent. (There's just something in my eye, I swear.) Ruth Margalit crafts the story of an unbearable, heartbreaking loss into a compelling narrative — a loss that may be acknowledged by others for a few days, maybe a week, maybe a few weeks, but after that, a loss you're expected to accept and move on from. "Grief holds odd hours," Margalit writes.
Bring Back Our Girls: Why the World Is Finally Talking About Nigeria's Kidnapped Students | Mashable
On April 15, hundreds of girls were kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram. For weeks, it went unreported by the media; coverage of the missing girls was dwarfed by stories of the South Korean ferry, the racist NBA owner Donald Sterling and the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. But then — finally — the world started to rally around a hashtag.
The Day I Started Lying to Ruth | New York
A cancer doctor's essay on losing his wife to cancer will make you cry (or, at the very least, make your eyes well up), but will leave you feeling strangely hopeful. "[I have] plenty of people to do things with, and nobody to do nothing with."
How My Wife Transformed Into a Mother Before My Eyes | Esquire
A dad can never fully understand what it's like for a woman to become a mother. But he can come pretty close.
Why Nonprofits Are Replicating the Startup Model | Mashable
How a nonprofit presents itself online creates a powerful perception of its operations and mission. Traditionally, nonprofits' sites and business models are old-fashioned and clunky, symptoms of a lack of resources and funding. But they are starting to borrow much more from the tech startup model, proving that more established nonprofits can still make a shift.
The Bey/Jay ‘On the Run’ Tour: Imagined | Grantland
We included more heavy reads than usual this week, so here is Rembert Browne's flawless account of what the joint summer tour of Beyoncé and Jay Z will probably look like.
Don't have time to read them all now? In our Readlist below, export this week's must reads to your tablet to save for a time you have no distractions. Simply click the "read later" button alongside each story or click "export" to send the entire list of articles to your preferred device.