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03.01.14

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, March 1, 2013

From a ghostwriter’s wild effort to finish Julian Assange’s autobiography to the return of extinct animals, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

Ghosting
Andrew O’Hagan, The London Review of Books


An epic account of a writer’s disastrous attempt to ghostwrite the autobiography of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

How Much My Novel Cost Me
Emily Gould, Medium

Writing her first book got her into debt. To finish the next one, she had to become solvent.

The Mammoth Cometh
Nathaniel Rich, The New York Times Magazine

Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening — and it’s going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad.

Deal Me Out
Alex Pareene, The Baffler

The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin doesn’t explain Wall Street to his readers—he justifies it.

A Star in a Bottle
Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker

An audacious plan to create a new energy source could save the planet from catastrophe. But time is running out.

Drug Cartel Beauty Queens

Michael Daly, The Daily Beast

In the wake of his arrest, El Chapo leaves behind a wife that now joins a long list of Mexican beauty queens whose fairytales were cut short by their law-breaking lovers.

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