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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Saving Italy’s Art
How did Renaissance masterpieces survive the carnage of World War II? Noah Charney on America’s art historian war heroes.
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We’re Partway There
Fifty years after ‘The Feminine Mystique,’ how close are women to living Friedan’s dream? By Eleanor Clift.
Happy Short Story Month!
May is Short Story Month. Here are Jane Ciabattari’s favorite new collections, from an ironic new voice to a posthumous release.
Your Beach Book Bag
Twelve must-reads for your summer vacation.
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Tolkien’s Unfinished Epic
Laid aside for decades, Tolkien’s abandoned poem about King Arthur is finally released. Biographer John Garth reads the epic.
Writers Bel Kaufman, Michael Chabon, Mary Glickman, and others reflect on their roots. From Open Road Media.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT
Penguin Settles E-Books Suit
Will pay $75 million to consumers.More
LOST AND FOUND
Pearl Buck Novel Recovered
“The Eternal Wonder” will be published in October.More
Lydia Davis Wins Man Booker International Prize
Following past winners Ismail Kadaré, Chinua Achebe, Alice Munro, and Philip Roth.More
Suicide in France
Historian Kills Himself at Notre Dame
After anti–gay marriage rant.More
Like a Rolling Stone
Dylan Inducted Into Arts Academy
As Michael Chabon delivers keynote address.More
CHRISTIAN GREY TRANSLATES
‘50 Shades’: Contraband Hit in China
Pirated copies are sneaking in. More