The Week’s Best Reads
The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week. By David Sessions.
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The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth
Were her curves too much for Ruth and Gehrig? Adam Doster follows the trail of an amazing story.
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Happy End of the World
A new book explores the history of mass extinctions and how the human species can survive the next one. But Nick Romeo asks: will we survive?
Roger Cremers/Hollandse Hoogte, Redux
My Year Of Not Looking In A Mirror
Kjerstin Gruys decided to shun her reflection and focus on inner beauty for a whole year—which happened to be the one in which she got married.
Cracking the Knossos Code
It took scholars 52 years to decipher Linear B, a language written on tablets found at the mysterious Knossos labyrinth. By Malcolm Jones.
The Man With the Bomb
Why Robert Oppenheimer haunts us still.
The author of Whitey’s Payback: and Other Stories on what you need to know about the downfall of the notorious Boston gangster. From Open Road Media.
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‘50 Shades’: Contraband Hit in China
Pirated copies are sneaking in. More
Repeat the Past
Luhrmann Wants Leo for ‘Hamlet’
Tells The Hollywood Reporter it's "just a dream."More
Harper Lee Sues Agent
For rights to 'Mockingbird'More
Philip Roth Honored at PEN Gala
Receives Literary Service Award for helping persecuted writers.More
DeLillo Wins Inaugural Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction
Will speak at National Book Festival ceremony in September.More