The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, February 15, 2014

From Chris Christie’s corrupt career to the rise and fall of Flappy Bird, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

02.15.14 10:45 AM ET

It’s Not Just the Bridge
Alec McGillis, The New Republic

Chris Christie’s entire career reeks.

36 Hours on the Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump
McKay Coppins, BuzzFeed

With all but his closest apostles finally tired of the charade, even the Donald himself has to ask, what’s the point? On the plane and by the pool with the man who will not be king.

The Decline of the Revival
Jim Hinch, Los Angeles Review of Books

Conservative Christian writers face the sunset of their influence in America.

What’s the Point if We Can’t Have Fun?
David Graber, The Baffler

How animal play upends the ideology of humans as calculating rational actors.

Gravy Boat
Caity Weaver, Gawker

My week on the high seas with Paula Deen.

28 Days of Fame
Christina Warren, Mashable

The strange, true story of the loved, hated, App Store-dominating game Flappy Bird.