The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, April 19, 2014

From the hunt for musicians who disappeared without a trace to a baseball player’s secret escape from Cuba, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

04.19.14 9:45 AM ET

The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie
John Jeremiah Sullivan, The New York Times Magazine

On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace.

Yasiel Puig’s Untold Journey to the Dodgers
Jesse Katz, Los Angeles

The shocking saga of Major League Baseball’s most controversial player.

Capitalism Unbound
Timothy Shenk, The Nation

Thomas Piketty and the new millennial Marxists on the scourge of inequality.’

The Light Therapeutic
Rosie Blau, More Intelligent Life

In living memory, our relationship with light has changed radically—and not for the better.

Attack of the Paparazzi
Stephen Rodrick, The Rolling Stone

On the hunt with the wolves of Hollywood.

The Concrete Abyss
Lisa Guenther, Aeon

We know solitary confinement annihilates the minds of its victims—but what does it do to the rest of us?