The Best of the Beast, May 26-31

Our favorite stories for your weekend reading list.

06.01.14 10:45 AM ET

Your Princess is In Another Castle: Nerds, Misogyny, and Entitlement
By Arthur Chu

Nerdy guys aren’t guaranteed to get laid by the hot chick as long as we work hard. There isn’t a team of writers or a studio audience pulling for us to triumph by getting the girl.

Spies, Cash and Fear: Inside Christian Money Guru Dave Ramsey’s Social Media Witch Hunt
By Matthew Paul Turner

When critics appeared online, employees say the evangelical financial whiz went ballistic, allegedly firing innocent employees and offering bounties for information.

The First Modern Shooter Feels Responsible for the Rest
By Michael Daly

She uttered the infamous ‘I don’t like Mondays.’ Some 35 years after she killed two and wounded eight in a California schoolyard, Brenda Ann Spencer faced her victims in a parole hearing.

Tragic Clueless: How The 90s’ Greatest Clique Ended in Ruins
By Marlow Stern

The tragic death of Brittany Murphy. Stacey Dash as a Fox News pundit. Alicia Silverstone’s transformation into bizarre self-help guru. What the hell happened to Cher and Co.?

Exclusive: Assad Destroys Syria’s Oldest Synagogue
By Josh Rogin

The Jobar Synagogue was one of the holiest Jewish sites in Syria and contained priceless historical artifacts. Now it’s destroyed—and the opposition says Assad is to blame.

Take Your Slip and Shove It
By Tessa Miller

Suggesting the Duchess of Cambridge should have worn a slip to avoid pictures of her naked bum ending up on the Internet pushes feminism back decades. She’ll wear what she wants, thank you.

Exclusive: Texas VA Run Like a ‘Crime Syndicate’
By Jacob Siegel

For years, employees at a Texas VA complained that their bosses were cooking the books. For years, the VA insisted there was no widespread wrongdoing.

How Gun Nuts Excuse Mass Murder
By Cliff Schecter

The firearms fanboys have been more creative than usual, scrambling to defend their precious weapons in the wake of the massacre in Santa Barbara. It’s only made their excuses lamer.

Drawing Celebrities in the Dock
By Justin Jones

From Charles Manson to O.J, Michael Jackson to the Son of Sam, the drawings of courtroom artists capture the most dramatic, and sometimes the most moving and fleeting, images of the biggest trials of modern times.