07.21.12 11:45 AM ET
The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for July 21, 2012
Should a Parent-Killer Go Free?
Scott Anderson, The New York Times Magazine
Nineteen years ago, at age 14, Ousley murdered his mother and father. So why does he think he deserves to get out of prison?
Katherine Goldstein, Slate
Will and Erwynn met at church and fell in love. But they had a big problem—“don’t ask, don’t tell.” The unlikely story of the first gay military union.
Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math
Bill McKibben, Rolling Stone
Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe, and make clear who the real enemy is.
Dreaming of a World Without Intellectuals
Russell Jacoby, The Chronicle Review
Conservative intellectuals’ flight from elitism led to a populist swamp peopled by autodidacts and fundamentalists.
“Everyone Only Wants Temps”
Gabriel Thompson, Mother Jones
My stint doing "on demand" grunt work for one of America's hottest growth industries.
The Bookless Library
David A. Bell, The New Republic
Don’t deny the change. Direct it wisely.
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