Culture 25 December 2016 Best of the NS 2016: Long reads Our best pieces from the past year. In this selection, our favourite long reads. Stuart Kinlough Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Where the bodies are buried By Helen Lewis Whether you’re alive or dead, Sue Black knows who you are – as dozens of murderers and war criminals have discovered. Head in the cloud By Sophie McBain As we download ever more of our lives on to electronic devices, are we destroying our own internal memory? The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who think it does By Amelia Tait Over the years, hundreds of people online have shared memories of a cheesy Nineties movie called “Shazaam”. There is no evidence that such a film was ever made. What does this tell us about the quirks of collective memory? They know where you live By Simon Parkin Imagine your house being raided by armed police. That’s what happened to Mumsnet’s Justine Roberts after she fell victim to an internet hoaxer. The super-recognisers of Scotland Yard By Xan Rice How an elite police unit is catching some of London’s most prolific criminals. The unholy huddle By Martin Fletcher Northern Ireland’s strict anti-abortion laws are supported by politicians across the sectarian divide. Women are paying the price. Salvation by algorithm By Yuval Harari With its world-changing inventiveness, technology has become the force religion once was. The closing of the liberal mind By John Gray The folly of the masses has replaced the wisdom of crowds as the dominant theme of our politics. Long shadows of old wars By David Reynolds A century on from the Battle of the Somme, why should we remember an utter disaster? How to be a man By Owen Jones The quiet crisis of masculinity. › "Not a Christmas story": A short story by Ali Smith Subscribe For the latest TV, art, films and book reviews subscribe for just £1 per month!