Time for another GOOD READS blog. Each week, Inlander staffers share five-ish of our favorite stories in hopes you'll love them too. Bookmark them for your morning coffee over the weekend. Then let us know what you think. Love 'em? Hate 'em? Read anything great lately?
1. "Manti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend …. Is A Hoax" (Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey//Deadspin)
One of the most told and re-told sports stories of the season appears to be based on a lie. We're going to go ahead and guess you've seen this, but if not, take a read. (While you're at it, check out this response from Malcolm Gladwell and Chuck Klosterman on Grantland.)
2. "Statistical Abstract for My Home of Spokane, Washington" (Jess Walter//Byliner)
Walter is a fiction guy, so it's likely this isn't strictly factual, but it's an honest, and at times heartbreaking, look at the place we call home.
3. "300 Cats, Yes. Craziness, No." (Anne Raver//New York Times)
There's a plenty of talk about "crazy cat ladies" these days, but this is a beautiful story about what companionship can mean.
4. "Moby-Duck" (Donovan Hohn//Harper's)
In search of the nearly 30,000 plastic animals that went adrift in the North Pacific in the '90s.
VIDEO "The Long Wait" (Jason Dasilva//New York Times)
Something a little different: A mini documentary about the challenges of navigating public transportation in New York City with a disability.
More good stuff over here.