The Best of the Beast, Sept 15-21: Kanye West and Alexander the Great’s Tomb
Kanye makes an ass of himself again, the hunt for Alexander the Great’s tomb and Whole Food’s anti-GMO swindle. Here’s our best work from this week.
‘The Power Broker’ Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a MasterpieceBy Scott PorchForty years ago, Caro’s magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses rewrote the rules of biography.
How the Vikings Saved Europe and Got a Terrible ReputationBy William O’ConnorHistory teaches us that the Vikings were brutal, thieving invaders, but much of that history was written by Viking victims: European monks. New evidence says otherwise.
Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion LegendBy Tim TeemanHe was one of the highest-paid fashion photographers of the 1950s, and he committed suicide by inducing a heart attack. Now his family wants to remind the world of Erwin Blumenfeld’s brilliance.
Rand Paul’s Fans Hate His ISIS PlanBy Olivia NuzziThe senator disappointed his fringe, libertarian followers with his support of airstrikes. Can he play the game in Washington and still keep their loyalty?
Predator Doctors Take Advantage of Patients with ‘Chronic Lyme’ ScamBy Russell Saunders‘Chronic Lyme disease’ is a highly debated topic, one with no scientific support. But that doesn’t stop Lyme truthers and the docs who take advantage of them.
Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb?By James RommOne of biggest mysteries of modern archaeology might be solved in the coming days—and all eyes are on a huge circular structure that lies beneath an ancient Greek mound.
I Was Beaten By Chicago’s Dirtiest Cop, Lawsuit ContendsBy Justin GlaweCommander Glenn Evans is said to have infamously shoved his pistol in a suspect’s mouth, but Rita King’s story is far more terrifying. Evans has already cost the city $250,000 and hasn’t been fired—he’s been promoted.