The Week’s Best Reads

From California’s economic meltdown to women trying to get pregnant in their 50s, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

09.30.11 11:36 PM ET

California and Bust
Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair

The smart money says the U.S. economy will splinter, with some states thriving, some states not, and all eyes are on California as the nightmare scenario.

Could You Forgive the Man Who Shot You in the Face?
Michael J. Mooney, D Magazine

In the days after 9/11, a Dallas man named Mark Stroman went on a revenge killing spree. Rais Bhuiyan survived and, a decade later, tried to stop Stroman’s execution.

Personal Best
Atul Gawande, The New Yorker

Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you?

Why the U.S. Should Support a Palestinian State
John B. Judis, The New Republic

If the Obama administration had wanted to do what is right, and not what would spare it the slings and arrows of its domestic critics, it should not have rebuffed the Palestinians for appealing to the U.N. The U.S. did the right thing in 1947. Why not have done it in 2011?

Parents of a Certain Age
Lisa Miller, New York

Is there anything wrong with being 53 and pregnant?

Can Mitt Close the Deal?
Andrew Romano, Newsweek

Perry’s stumbling, the economy’s crumbling, Obama’s in freefall. It could be Romney’s moment. But he’s missing something, Andrew Romano reports in this week’s Newsweek.