The Week’s Best Longreads for July 27, 2013

From Reddit’s role in blaming an innocent person for the Boston marathon bombing to the legal war over Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

07.26.13 11:15 PM ET

Jay Caspian King, The New York Times Magazine

When the Sunil Tripathi rumor went viral after the Boston Marathon bombing, it laid bare the dysfunctional codependence between new and old media.

James Banford, The New York Review of Books

The NSA and its predecessors have been gaining secret, illegal access to the communications of Americans for nearly a century.

Mark Seal, Vanity Fair

The notoriously private author Harper Lee is now waging a public courtroom battle. Her lawsuit charges that in 2007 her agent, Samuel Pinkus, duped the frail 80-year-old Lee into assigning him the copyright to her only book, To Kill a Mockingbird—then diverted royalties from the beloved 1960 classic.

Richard Posner, The New Republic

A revisionist history of a social revolution.

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Freddie de Boer, The New Inquiry

How long will American workers tolerate a system in which full-time employment is necessary for individual survival, yet on track to be placed permanently out of reach by the direction of capitalism?

Andrew Romano, Newsweek

Is immortality plausible? Or is it just quack science? Two experts face off.

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