Longreads

10.13.12

The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for Oct. 13, 2012

From Argentina’s crazy, menacing soccer underworld to a man’s Google Earth search for his childhood home, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

The Dead Are Real

Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker


Hilary Mantel’s imagination.

The Revolution Eats Its Own
Jonathan Chait, The New Republic


How the GOP destroyed its moderates.

A Home at the End of Google Earth
David Kushner, Vanity Fair


Separated from his older brother at a train station, 5-year-old Saroo Munshi Khan found himself lost in the slums of Calcutta. Nearly 20 years later, living in Australia, he began a painstaking search for his birth home, using ingenuity, hazy memories, and Google Earth.

The Not-So-Beautiful Game
Patrick Symmes, Outside


In Argentina, rival soccer fans don’t just hate, they kill, and the violent partisans of top clubs fuel crime syndicates that influence the sport at its highest levels. Patrick Symmes braves the bottle rockets, howling mobs, urine bombs, and drunken grannies on a wild ride through the scariest fútbol underworld on earth.

The Life of a Salesman
Eli Saslow, The Washington Post


Selling success when the American dream is downsized.

Hate the Beatles!
Mark Edmundsun, Los Angeles Review of Books


He grew up evangelizing against the Beatles, and eventually succumbed. But those few years of loathing mattered even more than the eventual craze.

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