The Week's Best Reads

From a God-fearing warden at a notorious prison in the South to mankind's ginormous brains, The Daily Beast brings you the week's best longform journalism.

07.30.11 1:41 AM ET

"God's Own Warden"
James Ridgeway, Mother Jones

Writer James Ridgeway travels to Louisiana's Angola Prison in hopes of meeting its warden, Burl Cain—a religious man who rules over the facility by the guidance of the hand of God.

"Agnes the Ageing Suit"
James Crabtree, FT

As America's baby boomers grow older, innovators and entrepreneurs are coming together with the help of technology to brainstorm ways that help them age gracefully. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab is one such place.

"Stinger: James O’Keefe’s Greatest Hits"
Zev Chafets, New York Times

James O’Keefe: journalist, conservative activist, or merry prankster—the 27-year old man, whose video stings have targeted organizations from NPR to Acorn, gets the Zev Chafets treatment in The New York Times Magazine.

"When the Boss Gets Busted: Survival Stories from the Frontlines of Political Scandal"
Marisa M. Kashino, Washingtonian

We all know what happens when a high-profile congressman gets busted sending crotch pics out on the Internet, but what about his staff?

"A Body Fit for a Freaky-Big Brain"
Carl Zimmer, Discover

The renowned science writer Carl Zimmer looks at how human biology's dealt with our oversize brainsand its 1,350 grams of computational power.

"The Maid's Tale"
Christopher Dickey & John Solomon, Newsweek

She was paid to clean up after the rich and powerful. Then she walked into Dominique Strauss-Kahn's room—and a global scandal. Now she tells her story.