The Week’s Best Longreads for April 6, 2013

From the promise of healthy fast food to George R. R. Martin’s addictive fantasy, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

04.06.13 8:45 AM ET

Big Veg
Mark Bittman, The New York Times Magazine

Yes, healthy fast food is possible. But is it edible?

A Failed Startup and a Founder Driven to Suicide
Alyson Shontell, Business Insider

On January 27, an entrepreneur named Jody Sherman had plans to see a movie with a friend. But that afternoon, the friend received a call from Jody's wife, Kerri.

When Did You Get Hooked?
John Lanchester, The London Review of Books

Game of Thrones was first described to me, by someone familiar with the project from before its initial broadcast, as ‘The Sopranos meets Lord of the Rings.’ At that point, I knew I was going to like it.

A Nightmare in Real Life
Susan Svrluga, The Washington Post

The harrowing story of a Virginia mother and son who were kidnapped by terrorists on vacation in the Philippines.

The Bad-Boy Brand
Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker

The Vice guide to the world.

“Harlem Shake” Didn’t Go Viral
Kevin Ashton, Quartz

Big corporations just made you think it did.

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