From the pirate behind the black market website Silk Road to a serial killer who trolls Craiglist for vulnerable white men, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
Meet the Dread Pirate Roberts
Andy Greenberg, Forbes
The Bullshit Police
Michael Moynihan, Newsweek
Inside a brilliant, nerdy, and sort of insufferable movement that questions everything—and wants to upend the way you live and think.
Murder by Craiglist
Hanna Rosin, The Atlantic
A serial killer finds a newly vulnerable class of victims: white, working-class men.
The New German Question
Timothy Garton Ash, The New York Review of Books
Europe’s currency union was rushed into being to constrain Germany and keep France in the driver’s seat. But economic crisis swapped their roles. The trouble is, Germany has no interest in taking control.
From the teenager who betrayed Wikileaks to the feminists trying to save Israel from fundamentalism, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.
Wikileaks’ Teenage Benedict Arnold
Ryan Gallagher, Slate
How the FBI used a baby-faced WikiLeaks volunteer to spy on Julian Assange.
Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker
Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re losing?
How Much Is a Life Worth?
James Oliphant, National Journal
Ken Feinberg, the man tasked with compensating victims after a devastating tragedy, knows the answer—and it’s rarely the same.
The Feminists of Zion
Allison Kaplan Sommer and Dahlia Lithwick, The New Republic
Will an unlikely alliance between Orthodox and progressive women will save Israel from fundamentalism?
How Athletes Get Great
Jeremy Repanich, Outside
Just train for 10,000 hours, right? Not quite. In his new book, author David Epstein argues that top-shelf athletic performance may be a more complicated formula than we’ve recently come to believe.
Nuke the Cat!
Scott Brown, New York
Damon Lindelof, blockbuster wizard par excellence, explains the inexorable logic of the ever-metastasizing apocalyptic flick.
From how Goldman Sachs went after one of its to programmers to George Saunders’s advice to new graduates, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
Adam Johnson, Esquire
We don’t really recommend fiction but a new story from one of my favorite writers, Adam Johnson, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Orphan Master’s Son, is not to be missed.
Did Goldman Sachs Overstep in Criminally Charging Its Ex-Programmer?
Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair
Everything Michael Lewis writes is worth reading, and this careful, fascinating look into how Goldman went after one of its top computer programmers is no exception.
George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates
George Saunders, New York Times
The one graduation speech actually worth reading this year. Its message: be kind.
In the Violent Favelas of Brazil
Suketu Mehta, New York Review of Books
A timely piece on the transformation of Brazil’s infamous favelas from the ever brilliant Suketu Mehta.
The Best Little Checkpoint in Texas
Al Reinert, Texas Monthly
Be careful where you carry marijuana across the border.
When Liberian Child Soldiers Grow Up
Claire MacDougall, Newsweek
What happens to child soldiers after the fighting stops?
From Reddit’s role in blaming an innocent person for the Boston marathon bombing to the legal war over Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
Jay Caspian King, The New York Times Magazine
When the Sunil Tripathi rumor went viral after the Boston Marathon bombing, it laid bare the dysfunctional codependence between new and old media.
James Banford, The New York Review of Books
The NSA and its predecessors have been gaining secret, illegal access to the communications of Americans for nearly a century.
Mark Seal, Vanity Fair
From the childhood of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to America’s funniest comedy writer, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.
Janet Reitman, Rolling Stone
He was a charming kid with a bright future. But no one saw the pain he was hiding or the monster he would become.
“Jack Handey Is the Envy of Every Comedy Writer in America”
Dan Kois, The New York Times Magazine
The man behind “Deep Thoughts” and the quest for the one true joke.
“Why Everybody Loves Tesla”
Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg Businessweek
“Trouble in Paradise”
Slavoj Žižek, London Review of Books
“The Enduring Rift”
Joshua DuBois, Newsweek
Understanding our inner Travyons and inner Zimmermans.
From Rand Paul’s foreign policy learning curve to the war between the Crips and Bloods, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The Education of Rand Paul
Staurt A. Reid, Washington Monthly
How is a first-year senator becoming a force in his party on foreign policy? Because in today’s GOP, he’s what passes for moderate.
What Does It Take to Stop the Crips and the Bloods from Killing Each Other?
John Buntin, The New York Times Magazine
A plan for peace in gangland.
A Wasted Crisis
Paul Starr, The New Republic
Why the Democrats did so little to change Wall Street.
Why’d You Shoot Me? I Was Reading a Book!
Radley Balko, Salon
America’s new militarized police forces are out of control.
From an Israeli billionaire’s takeover of a buried treasure in Africa to Aaron Hernandez’s troubled life off the football field, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
How to Win in Washington
Mark Leibovich, The New York Times Magazine
An epic tale of favor-currying, arm-twisting, reputation-wrecking, ego-massaging, confidence-betraying, and rumor-mongering.
Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker
How an Israeli billionaire wrested control of one of Africa’s biggest prizes.
The Call of Battle
Matt Cook, Texas Monthly
He got out of the army in 2006, after two long tours in Iraq where he saw civilians killed and friends lose their lives. He struggled through anger and depression, and finally realized he had to go back—this time as a journalist.
Are We Having Fun Yet?
John Lanchester, London Review of Books
The barely believable behavior of the world’s banks.
From how corrupt ratings agencies abetted the financial crisis to the hitmaking secrets of Rick Rubin, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
It’s long been suspected that ratings agencies like Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s helped trigger the meltdown. A new trove of embarrassing documents shows how they did it.
A Deadly Triangle
William Dalrymple, Brookings Institution
An eminent historian looks to the present and future of Afghanistan—and its potential to set off the India-Pakistan time bomb—as the U.S. withdraws from the longest war in its history.
A Black Soviet Icon’s Lonely American Sojourn
Carl Shreck, RIA Novosti
For decades Jim Patterson was arguably the most famous black man in the Soviet Union, a debonair homegrown poet whose childhood role in an iconic film cemented his celebrity and who later roamed the vast country reading his work to adoring audiences. Now, he’s languishing in Washington, D.C.
The Lyme Wars
Michael Specter, The New Yorker
The Lyme-disease infection rate is growing. So is the battle over how to treat it.
A Cross-Country Identity Thief
Maureen O’Hagan, The Seattle Times
The death of a wife and mother in Texas revealed a case of stolen identity with a connection to the Northwest. Now a Seattle investigator is trying to figure out who this mystery woman really was.
You Listen to This Man Every Day
Andrew Romano, Newsweek
Rick Rubin got Black Sabbath to return to its roots. He crashed Kanye’s new album in 15 days. From Def Jam to Adele, the hit-maker gets intimate about his last 30 years—and how he’s about to make history.
From the company that spies for America to the price of loyalty in Syria, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The Price of Loyalty in Syria
Robert F. Worth, The New York Times Magazine
Members of the Alawite sect are caught between support for their own increasingly brutal leaders and a rebellion that may want to wipe them off the map.
Drake Bennett and Michael Riley, Businessweek
Inside Booz Allen, the multibillion-dollar company that spies for America.
Why Men Still Can’t Have it All
Richard Dorment, Esquire
Lately, the raging debate about issues of “work-life balance” has focused on whether or not women can “have it all.” Entirely lost in this debate is the growing strain of work-life balance on men, who today are feeling the competing demands of work and home as much or more than women.
Gagged by Big Ag
Ted Genoways, Mother Jones
Horrific abuse. Rampant contamination. And the crime is … exposing it?
Graeme Wood, New York
I watched online as a college classmate went from disgrace to redemption in months. That’s when I found myself deep in the world of black-ops reputation management.
The Fight for Black Men
Joshua DuBois, Newsweek
There are more African-Americans on probation, parole, or in prison today than there were slaves in 1850. It is not a crisis of crime. It is a crisis of people being left behind.
From the lonely quiet in Newtown, Connecticut, six months later to the tragic fate of women denied abortions, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.
“The Lonely Quiet After Newtown”
Eli Saslow, The Washington Post
Six months later, the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, fades into the past, and the parents left behind try to make the country remember.
“What Happens When Women Are Denied Abortions?”
Joshua Lang, The New York Times Magazine
Turned away because it was too late, they face a long life they never wanted.
“The Taliban’s Life of Luxury”
Ron Moreau, Newsweek
Is Afghanistan destined to be run by a drug mafia?
“The Guilty Man”
Pamela Colloff, Texas Monthly
Michael Morton spent almost 25 years wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife, until DNA helped set him free. A year and half later, that same piece of DNA finally brought him face to face with the real killer.
“Prism, Partisanship and Propaganda”
Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian
Answering the issues that arose from the debate over last week’s NSA revelations.
“The Long Con”
Michael Rubino, Indianapolis Monthly
Phil Ferguson pulled off one of the biggest frauds in Indiana history, duping clients out of millions of dollars and staying one step ahead of the law.
From Kim Jong-il’s sushi chef to a falsely accused man facing the real killer, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.
“Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi”
Adam Johnson, GQ
A Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist profiles the sushi chef who served the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il for 11 years.
“A Syrian Refugee Wedding”
Lauren Wolfe, The Nation
Early marriage and domestic violence in the camps are a fact of life for girls fleeing the civil war.
“Looking It in the Face”
Charles Simic, The New York Review of Books
Some thoughts on growing old from a poet whose new book of poems is much too preoccupied with death.
“The Guilty Man”
Pamela Colloff, Texas Monthly
Michael Morton spent almost 25 years wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife, and he finally takes the stand against the real killer.
“Welcome to Mogadishu”
Katrina Manson, FT Magazine
Despite the threats from Islamist militants, the Somali capital is bursting back to life.
Christopher Dickey, Newsweek
In America’s cities, gun control isn’t about rights. It’s about survival.
From the looming defeat of the NRA to Amish teens gone wild on Facebook, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
This is How the NRA Ends
Alec McGillis, The New Republic
A bigger, meaner gun control movement has arrived.
Administrators Ate My Tuition*
Benjamin Ginsberg, Washington Monthly
Want to get college costs in line? Star by cutting the overgrown management ranks.
I Was a Liberal Mole at Fox News
Joe Muto, Salon
O’Reilly hates Hannity. Everyone lives in fear of a call from Roger Ailes. All that and more from eight years inside the beast.
Why Amish Teens Love Facebook
Justine Sharrock, Buzzfeed
For many Amish teens, Rumspringa means hard partying, dating, cars—and Facebook. So much for “What happens in Rumspringa stays in Rumspringa.”
From the collapsed case for austerity to the NYPD cop who blew the whistle on ‘stop and frisk,’ The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.
‘How the Case for Austerity Crumbled’
Paul Krugman, The New York Review of Books
Why did the austerians get such a powerful grip on elite opinion in the first place?
‘Officer Serrano’s Hidden Camera’
Jennifer Gonnerman, New York
NYPD officer Pedro Serrano found himself pressured to punish people who didn’t deserve it, so he began recording his superiors, making himself a flash point in the seething controversy over stop and frisk. Does that make him a rat—or a hero?
‘Facebook, One Year Later’
Khadeeja Safdar, The Atlantic
After Facebook's disastrous debut, the preferred clients of big banks walked away with huge profits. How?
‘Has Liberalism Failed?’
Bhaskar Sunkara, The Nation
Why America’s tradition of progressive reformism isn’t enough to fix our problems.
From the epic fraud behind the popular drug Lipitor to higher education’s new internet craze, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
Katherine Eban, Fortune
The epic inside story of long-term criminal fraud at Ranbaxy, the Indian drug company that makes generic Lipitor for millions of Americans.
Some of My Best Friends Are Germs
Michael Pollan, The New York Times Magazine
Medicine used to be obsessed with eradicating the tiny bugs that live within us. Now we’re beginning to understand all the ways they keep us healthy.
Nathan Heller, The New Yorker
Has the future of higher education moved online?
Maxed Out on Everest
Mark Jenkins, National Geographic
How to fix the mess at the top of the world.
How Gitmo Imprisoned Obama
Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek
Five years later, Guantánamo is still open. It’s the president’s biggest failure. Now he tries to close it—again.
From the White House’s intense internal debate on Syria to a Spanish village that won the biggest lottery in history, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The Thin Red Line
Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker
Inside the White House debate over Syria.
The Clinton Legacy
Michael Hirsch, Foreign Affairs
How will history judge the soft power of Hillary’s State Department?
The Luckiest Village in the World
Michael Paterniti, GQ
It was a tiny town of farmers, a village where everyone knew everyone and nearly all struggled to make ends meet. But then, a few days before Christmas, they won the largest lottery in the history of Spain.
A Suicide on Live TV
Jessica Testa, BuzzFeed
Last September, a car chase through Arizona turned from afternoon diversion to tragedy to referendum on media ethics, but lost in the noise was any sense of who was on the run or why. This is the story behind the spectacle.
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