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Your Sunday Long Reads: J.K. Rowling, Louie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, buries a time capsule to mark the start of building work on a research clinic for patients with multiple sclerosis on November 7, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The clinic at the University of Edinburgh is being set up following a £10 million donation from Ms Rowling and is named after her mother, Anne, who died of multiple sclerosis aged 45.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) J.K. Rowling.

It's Sunday afternoon, or: your last chance to read all that stuff you meant to read last week before Monday brings a new deluge of things you will want to read. Below, some of our recommendations:

"Mugglemarch" by Ian Parker (New Yorker): A rare, lengthy, and less-than-flattering profile of J.K. Rowling. 

"Louis C.K. and the Rise of the 'Laptop Loners'" by Adam Wilson (LA Review of Books): Why Louie is the perfect show for the Internet Age. 

"The Best TV Show That's Ever Been" by Brian Raftery (GQ): An oral history of Cheers.

"Branded for Life" by Felix Gillette (Bloomberg Businessweek): A look at the blessings and curses of actors who become TV commercial stars. 

"Joseph Gordon-Levitt reveling in Looper, hitRECord, and his directing debut, but not fame" by Tasha Robinson (A.V. Club): The actor addresses his "serious" reputation and explains why he does not want to end up on your Facebook profile.

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Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images