The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 1-7, 2014
A letter from Gaziantep, who are the protestors in Ferguson and Mary Martin and Peter Pan. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
By Robin Wright, New Yorker
A Turkish city on the frontier of Syria’s war.
By Raven Rakia, Matter
Who are the people who have taken over Ferguson, protesting the killing of Michael Brown day after day? Meet Frankie. He’s on day 118.
By Caleb Garling, Matter
Everybody’s crazy mad with TaskRabbit—but the startup that launched the sharing economy really doesn’t want to talk about its troubles.
By Ben Yagoda, Longreads
In the 1950s, a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ starring Mary Martin became a sensation, attracting the fourth biggest audience of all time for a scripted TV show when a live production was broadcast on NBC.
By Veronique Greenwood, New York Times Magazine
There is a sense of grandeur in the idea that paying heavily is a means of advancing knowledge. But in truth, you can’t control what it is that you find — whether you’ve sacrificed your health for it, or simply years of your time.
By Daniel Duane, Men’s Journal
Wingsuit pilot Joby Ogwyn has climbed — and flown off — the highest peaks on the planet. But after the tragic deaths of several friends and a Mount Everest avalanche that killed most of his crew, is the world's greatest daredevil losing his nerve?