The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 8-14, 2014

A hard look at campus rape statistics, the collapse of The New Republic and the day John Lennon died. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

The College Rape Overcorrection

By Emily Yoffe, Slate

Sexual assault on campus is a serious problem. But efforts to protect women from a putative epidemic of violence have led to misguided policies that infringe on the civil rights of men.

Inside the Collapse of The New Republic

By Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker

A TNR alum dives deep in what happened with the 100-year-old institution.

The day John Lennon died: Jimmy Breslin writes iconic tale of NYPD cops who drove the dying Beatles star to the hospital

By Jimmy Breslin, New York Daily News

This is the column written by Jimmy Breslin on Dec. 9, 1980, recounting the moment officers found the legendary Beatles singer wounded and transported him in the back of a patrol car to Roosevelt Hospital, all the while not knowing who he was.

In Arkansas, white town is a black mark

By Timothy Bella, Al Jazeera America

Residents of Harrison try to fight their reputation as the small town with the most hate groups in America

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Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of ‘Boogie Nights’

By Alex French and Howie Kahn, Grantland

Nearly 20 years later, Boogie Nights endures. For its beautiful portrait of nontraditional families; for Reynolds and Wahlberg, the surrogate father and son, who were never better; for Philip Seymour Hoffman, squeezing into character and breaking hearts; for its prodigy director sticking to his guns and nailing it; for John C. Reilly’s hot-tub poetry; for Roller Girl. Is everybody ready? This is the making and near unmaking of Boogie Nights.

An Ebola Doctor’s Return From the Edge of Death

By Denise Grady, New York Times

The medical record, from an Ebola case, made for grim reading, but Dr. Ian Crozier could not put it down. Within days of the first symptom, a headache, the patient was fighting for his life. He became delirious, his heartbeat grew ragged, his blood teemed with the virus, and his lungs, liver and kidneys began to fail. “It’s a horrible-looking chart,” Dr. Crozier said. It was his own.

Miss American Dream

By Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Matter

How Britney Spears went to Vegas and became a feminist role model. No, really.