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Weekend Edition: The week's best reads

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A collection of some of the best features from the BBC News website this week, with an injection of your comments.

"Heartbreaking account of life as a gay ultra-orthodox Jew," tweeted Eleanor Margolis. "I would lose everything if I came out," writes Chaya, not her real name, who is a gay ultra-Orthodox Jewish married woman. "In the world I live in, being gay is the equivalent of being a bad person. We have children together and a family set-up that works. If my husband and I separate we would lose all of that. Once you are pregnant that child becomes both a hostage and your hostage taker."

My secret life as a gay ultra-Orthodox Jew

Good Life

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Image caption Anne (seated on the floor) pictured with her parents John and Sally and siblings

"A must read," tweeted Matt Willer. "I have met people who said my father ruined them," says Anne Sears. Her father, John Seymour, was the British guru of self-sufficiency in the 1970s. His books inspired thousands to go back to the land and try their hand at producing their own food. For some it was a gruelling experience, but for many it was life-defining. The movement inspired the BBC sitcom The Good Life and Seymour himself died in 2004 at the age of 90. He was wrapped in home-made blankets and buried in a nearby field.

What happened to the self-sufficient people of the 1970s?

Torn apart

"Terrifying!" commented Diana Parkinson. This couple had all five of their children taken away from them by Norway's child protection services. Others have questioned if the decisions being taken are too draconian. "We really try to keep our tears to ourselves, till they're out of the door at least," says Ruth.

Norway's Barnevernet: They took our four children… then the baby

Herbal crush

"My eternal love for pesto has just hit previously unthinkable new heights," posted Andrew Williamson. Pesto is the third most widely manufactured sauce in the world, after ketchup and mayonnaise. Although that's according to the Genoa Chamber of Commerce, so you might want to take it with a pinch of salt. And a pinch of basil. And a pinch of pine nuts. But actually, the original pesto before it was pesto genovese was just oil, garlic and cheese - pecorino and parmesan. One man is behind a drive to get people to make it by hand.

The man who makes real pesto

Psychedelic solution

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Some researchers believe psychedelic drugs could be used to treat depression and addiction. Given that they became synonymous with recreational drugs such as LSD, the question is: Would people accept it? "It was what brought the house down in the 60s," says one expert.

Will LSD ever be accepted as mainstream treatment?

Recommended reads from elsewhere

The lawyer who takes the cases no one wants - The Guardian

How a machinery of denial protects Chicago's police' - Buzzfeed

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