Longreads

11.18.11

The Week's Best Reads

From new baby science that will revolutionize the fight against poverty to America’s hellish relationship with Pakistan, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

This Is Penn State
L. Jon Wetheim & David Epstein, Sports Illustrated

Had Sandusky not been so brazen, had he simply restricted himself to the football facilities, there is little to suggest he would have been caught. For Sandusky—if not for the boys—Penn State football was a safe haven.

The Two-Year Window
Jonathan Cohn, The New Republic

The new science of babies and brains—and how it could revolutionize the fight against poverty.

The Ally From Hell
Jeffrey Goldberg & Marc Ambinder, The Atlantic

Pakistan lies to us, sponsors militants who attack American troops, and may have knowingly harbored Osama bin Laden. With a friend like this, who needs enemies?

Teaching Good Sex
Laurie Abraham, New York Times Magazine
Introducing pleasure to the peril of sex education.

It Does Take a Village
Melvin Konner, New York Review of Books

Can the strong human tendency to help mothers care for children produce the species-wide level of cooperation that we now need to survive?

The Resentment Machine
Freddie deBoer, The New Inquiry

How upward-oriented young strivers use the Internet to express their class anxiety.