Longreads

11.16.13

The Week’s Best Longreads for November 16, 2013

From a harrowing pregnancy at the edge of the world to creationists’ last stand against science education, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

Thanksgiving in Mongolia
Ariel Levy, The New Yorker


A journalist’s harrowing, heartbreaking story of her miscarriage while on assignment in a remote corner of Asia.

Why We’re Allowed to Hate Silicon Valley
Evgeny Morozov, Frankfurter Allgemeine


It knows how to talk about tools but is barely capable of talking about social, political, and economic systems that these tools enable and disable, amplify and pacify.

The 40-Year Slump
Harold Meyer, The American Prospect


From 1947 to 1974, American workers brought home most of the wealth they produced. Since 1974, they’ve steadily lost power—and today, they’re getting just a fraction of the wealth they produce.

Creationists’ Last Stand on the Texas Board of Education
Brantley Hargrove, Dallas Observer


Will the anti-evolutionists who have had a stranglehold on American science education via the powerful Texas board be able to adapt to the new textbook market?

What Made The Beatles Great
Andrew Romano, The Daily Beast


The Fab Four’s success did not come from hours spent on stage in Hamburg or Liverpool—it erupted from a crazy combination of ambition, talent, and—most of all—arrogance.

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