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The Week’s Best Longreads for September 7, 2013

From the man who moved to a desert island to disappear to the case against humanitarian intervention, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

The American Jewish Cocoon

by Peter Beinart, New York Review of Books.

As Jews have come to enjoy unprecedented power in Israel and the United States, they’ve had the luxury of turning Palestinians into distant abstractions.

A Solution from Hell

by The Editors, n+1.

Has there ever been a successful humanitarian intervention? This bracing essay, written before the U.S. intervention in Libya 2011 and published online for the first time this week, argues that only wilful blindness and revisionism allows liberal internationalism to maintain its prestige.

The Lost Boy

by Kent Russell, The New Republic.

David Greenberg moved to a desert island to disappear. Here’s what happened.

The Social Life of Genes

by David Dobbs, Pacific Standard.

Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don’t just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells.

The Horror of Every Day

by Emily DePrang, Texas Observer.

Why police brutality in Houston goes unpunished.

It Really Does Take a Village

by Alex Halperin, Salon.

In Memphis, one hospital and a hundred churches are racing to heal America’s most impoverished city—and save money, too.

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