The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Jan 19-25
The secret history of same-sex unions, ‘Internet Sexual’ and wolf fights. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The secret history of same-sex marriageBy Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The GuardianSame-sex marriage is making the headlines, with Stephen Fry’s wedding and the US supreme court soon to decide on its legality. It seems like a quintessentially 21st-century issue. In fact such formal unions have a long and fascinating history.
Are you ‘Internet Sexual’?By Emily Witt, MediumWelcome to Chaturbate, where live-cam performers engage in the wild and the weird. But watch it long enough and you realize that social media has created a whole new sexual persuasion. So, how “internet sexual” are you?
How Listening to Music and Fighting with Susan Sontag Helped Me Cope with ChemoBy Trisha Ready, The StrangerA Year with Stage IV Cancer.
Wolflandia: The Fight Over the Most Polarizing Animal in the WestBy Elliott D. Woods, OutsideTwenty years after wolves were reintroduced in the Northern Rockies, many politicians would still love to see them eradicated, and hunters and ranchers are allowed to kill them by the hundreds. But the animals are not only surviving—they’re thriving, and expanding their range at a steady clip. For the people who live on the wild edges of wolf country, their presence can be magical and maddening at once.
The Megyn Kelly MomentBy Jim Rutenberg, New York Times MagazineYou don’t always know when, how or even if the Megyn moment will happen; Kelly’s political sensibility and choice of subjects are generally in keeping with that of the network at large. But you always have to be ready for it, no matter who you are.
Testing TimeBy Alec MacGillis, The New YorkerJeb Bush’s educational experiment.