The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, April 19, 2014

From the hunt for musicians who disappeared without a trace to a baseball player’s secret escape from Cuba, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

The Ballad of Geeshie and ElvieJohn Jeremiah Sullivan, The New York Times MagazineOn the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace.

Yasiel Puig’s Untold Journey to the DodgersJesse Katz, Los AngelesThe shocking saga of Major League Baseball’s most controversial player.

Capitalism UnboundTimothy Shenk, The NationThomas Piketty and the new millennial Marxists on the scourge of inequality.’

The Light TherapeuticRosie Blau, More Intelligent LifeIn living memory, our relationship with light has changed radically—and not for the better.

Attack of the PaparazziStephen Rodrick, The Rolling StoneOn the hunt with the wolves of Hollywood.

The Concrete AbyssLisa Guenther, AeonWe know solitary confinement annihilates the minds of its victims—but what does it do to the rest of us?

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