The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, February 22, 2014
From sexual assault at a fundamentalist evangelical college to Wall Streeters in drag, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
Sexual Assault at God’s HarvardKiera Feldman, The New RepublicPatrick Henry College, a small evangelical school in northern Virginia, was supposed to be a safe place for its predominantly homeschooled students. For these young women, it wasn’t.
Scientology’s Vanished QueenNed Zeman, Vanity FairAfter the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige disappeared from public view, in 2007, those who asked questions were stonewalled, or worse. Now interviews with former insiders provide a grim picture of Shelly Miscavige’s youth, marriage, and fall from grace.
My 13-Year Effort to Save a Boy in HaitiJonah Ogles, OutsideAs a teenager, I began sponsoring a poverty-stricken boy in the Caribbean. Twelve years and thousands of dollars later I flew down to meet him—and to learn if my efforts did any good at all.
One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in DragKevin Roose, New YorkWhat I saw when I crashed a Wall Street secret society.
After the DefeatMike Elk, In These TimesAfter the United Auto Workers union’s historic loss at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, theories about about why it happened—and what comes next for labor in the South.