Longreads

11.23.13

The Week’s Best Longreads for November 23, 2013

From the inside story of an elderly adjunct professor’s death in poverty to MOOC pioneer Sebastian Thrun’s admission of defeat, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

Death of a Professor
L.V. Anderson, Slate


An 83-year-old French instructor’s undignified death became a cause célèbre for exploited academics. But what really happened to Margaret Mary Vojtko?

Wall Street Isn’t Worth It
John Quiggin, Jacobin


Cutting the banks down to size isn’t just got politics—it’s good policy.

The Godfather of Free Online Education Changes Course
Max Chafkin, Fast Company


He captivated the world with visions of self-driving cars and Google Glass and has signed up 1.6 million students for online classes. So why is he pivoting away from MOOCs? “We don’t educate people as others wished, or as I wished,” says online education pioneer Sebastian Thrun.

How is Hamid Karzai Still Standing?
William Dalrymple, The New York Times Magazine


Enemies left, enemies right, and then there’s his family. Building an Afghan legacy is even more complicated than it appears.

Auto Correct
Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker


Inside Google quest to create a self-driving car.

The Hip Hop Poseur
Terrence McCoy, Miami New Times


Jimmy Sabatino can’t stop scamming—even though he’s in prison.

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