The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Feb 2-8
Traveling to Somaliland, the men’s rights movement and the billionaires of Burning Man. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The Proper Weight of FearBy Rachel Pieh Jones, The Big RoundtableAs soon as the Jubba Airways plane lands I fold in on myself. I tug on my black scarf with fringes and a maroon hem, settle it over the masar that already tightly conceals my curly blond hair. I defer to my husband. I disembark behind him. I keep my eyes on the ground. I don’t smile at the immigration officer, make small talk, or even look at the Somali man with the power to deny me entry. I’ve been here before, to Somaliland, done these things before.
Justice Deferred Is Justice DeniedBy Jed S. Rakoff, New York Review of BooksJudge Jed S. Rakoff breaks down the failure of prosecuting corporate crime in the United States. Using "deferred prosecutions" to target companies, rather than individuals within a company, has led to few true punishments for anyone.
How Men’s Rights Leader Paul Elam Turned Being A Deadbeat Dad Into A Moneymaking MovementBy Adam Serwer and Katie J.M. Baker, BuzzfeedPaul Elam has become the face of the modern men’s rights movement by rallying against false rape accusations and divorce courts that favor mothers. But exclusive BuzzFeed News interviews with his estranged daughter and ex-wife show that his pet causes are very, very personal.
My Dad, the PornographerBy Chris Offutt, New York Times MagazineMy father wrote and published more than 400 books. Two were science fiction and 24 were fantasy, written under his own name; the rest were pornography, using 17 pseudonyms.
R U There?By Alice Gregory, New YorkerA new counselling service harnesses the power of the text message.
The Billionaires at Burning ManBy Felix Gillette, BloombergMove over, Google Bus. There’s a new symbolic fight over tech money, class, and privilege