The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Nov 10-16, 2014

The return of Stephen Glass, the truth about Anonymous and escaping Jonestown. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Hello, My Name Is Stephen Glass, and I’m Sorry

By Hanna Rosin, The New Republic

He nearly destroyed this magazine. Sixteen years later, his former best friend finally confronts him.


By Rachel Sturtz, Outside

There’s a horror in the shadows of American competitive swimming: a continuing legacy of sexual abuse, usually involving male coaches who prey on young women—and a governing body that looks the other way.

The Truth About Anonymous’s Activism

By Adrian Chen, The Nation

A look behind the mask reveals a naïve techno-utopianism.

All Dressed Up for Mars and Nowhere to Go

By Elmo Keep, Matter

200,000 brave and/or insane people have supposedly signed up for a one-way mission to Mars. But the truth about Mars One, the company behind the effort, is much weirder (and far more worrying) than anyone has previously reported.

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Indy Film Remake

By Amy Nicholson, LA Weekly

After 33 Years and an airplane explosion, their "Raiders of the Lost Ark" remake is almost complete. Are they?

Escape from Jonestown

By Julia Scheeres, Longreads.com

15-year-old Tommy Bogue was sent to a promising new church settlement in Guyana—run by a charismatic leader named Jim Jones.

Bonfire of the Inanities

By Jacqui Shine, The Awl

So gay! So girly! The history of the Styles section of the New York ‘Times’—and the real New Journalism.

Whipping Boy

By Allen Kurzweil, The New Yorker

A writer spends forty years looking for his bully. Why?

Thalidomide: how men who blighted lives of thousands evaded justice

By Harold Evans, The Guardian

Newly exposed files show how victims were betrayed by political interference in trial – and how the pill has remained on sale