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.
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
From the childhood of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to America’s funniest comedy writer, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.
Janet Reitman, Rolling Stone
He was a charming kid with a bright future. But no one saw the pain he was hiding or the monster he would become.
“Jack Handey Is the Envy of Every Comedy Writer in America”
Dan Kois, The New York Times Magazine
The man behind “Deep Thoughts” and the quest for the one true joke.
“Why Everybody Loves Tesla”
Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg Businessweek
“Trouble in Paradise”
Slavoj Žižek, London Review of Books
“The Enduring Rift”
Joshua DuBois, Newsweek
Understanding our inner Travyons and inner Zimmermans.
From Rand Paul’s foreign policy learning curve to the war between the Crips and Bloods, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The Education of Rand Paul
Staurt A. Reid, Washington Monthly
How is a first-year senator becoming a force in his party on foreign policy? Because in today’s GOP, he’s what passes for moderate.
What Does It Take to Stop the Crips and the Bloods from Killing Each Other?
John Buntin, The New York Times Magazine
A plan for peace in gangland.
A Wasted Crisis
Paul Starr, The New Republic
Why the Democrats did so little to change Wall Street.
Why’d You Shoot Me? I Was Reading a Book!
Radley Balko, Salon
America’s new militarized police forces are out of control.
From an Israeli billionaire’s takeover of a buried treasure in Africa to Aaron Hernandez’s troubled life off the football field, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
How to Win in Washington
Mark Leibovich, The New York Times Magazine
An epic tale of favor-currying, arm-twisting, reputation-wrecking, ego-massaging, confidence-betraying, and rumor-mongering.
Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker
How an Israeli billionaire wrested control of one of Africa’s biggest prizes.
The Call of Battle
Matt Cook, Texas Monthly
He got out of the army in 2006, after two long tours in Iraq where he saw civilians killed and friends lose their lives. He struggled through anger and depression, and finally realized he had to go back—this time as a journalist.
Are We Having Fun Yet?
John Lanchester, London Review of Books
The barely believable behavior of the world’s banks.
From how corrupt ratings agencies abetted the financial crisis to the hitmaking secrets of Rick Rubin, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
It’s long been suspected that ratings agencies like Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s helped trigger the meltdown. A new trove of embarrassing documents shows how they did it.
A Deadly Triangle
William Dalrymple, Brookings Institution
An eminent historian looks to the present and future of Afghanistan—and its potential to set off the India-Pakistan time bomb—as the U.S. withdraws from the longest war in its history.
A Black Soviet Icon’s Lonely American Sojourn
Carl Shreck, RIA Novosti
For decades Jim Patterson was arguably the most famous black man in the Soviet Union, a debonair homegrown poet whose childhood role in an iconic film cemented his celebrity and who later roamed the vast country reading his work to adoring audiences. Now, he’s languishing in Washington, D.C.
The Lyme Wars
Michael Specter, The New Yorker
The Lyme-disease infection rate is growing. So is the battle over how to treat it.
A Cross-Country Identity Thief
Maureen O’Hagan, The Seattle Times
The death of a wife and mother in Texas revealed a case of stolen identity with a connection to the Northwest. Now a Seattle investigator is trying to figure out who this mystery woman really was.
You Listen to This Man Every Day
Andrew Romano, Newsweek
Rick Rubin got Black Sabbath to return to its roots. He crashed Kanye’s new album in 15 days. From Def Jam to Adele, the hit-maker gets intimate about his last 30 years—and how he’s about to make history.
From the company that spies for America to the price of loyalty in Syria, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The Price of Loyalty in Syria
Robert F. Worth, The New York Times Magazine
Members of the Alawite sect are caught between support for their own increasingly brutal leaders and a rebellion that may want to wipe them off the map.
Drake Bennett and Michael Riley, Businessweek
Inside Booz Allen, the multibillion-dollar company that spies for America.
Why Men Still Can’t Have it All
Richard Dorment, Esquire
Lately, the raging debate about issues of “work-life balance” has focused on whether or not women can “have it all.” Entirely lost in this debate is the growing strain of work-life balance on men, who today are feeling the competing demands of work and home as much or more than women.
Gagged by Big Ag
Ted Genoways, Mother Jones
Horrific abuse. Rampant contamination. And the crime is … exposing it?
Graeme Wood, New York
I watched online as a college classmate went from disgrace to redemption in months. That’s when I found myself deep in the world of black-ops reputation management.
The Fight for Black Men
Joshua DuBois, Newsweek
There are more African-Americans on probation, parole, or in prison today than there were slaves in 1850. It is not a crisis of crime. It is a crisis of people being left behind.
From the lonely quiet in Newtown, Connecticut, six months later to the tragic fate of women denied abortions, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.
“The Lonely Quiet After Newtown”
Eli Saslow, The Washington Post
Six months later, the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, fades into the past, and the parents left behind try to make the country remember.
“What Happens When Women Are Denied Abortions?”
Joshua Lang, The New York Times Magazine
Turned away because it was too late, they face a long life they never wanted.
“The Taliban’s Life of Luxury”
Ron Moreau, Newsweek
Is Afghanistan destined to be run by a drug mafia?
“The Guilty Man”
Pamela Colloff, Texas Monthly
Michael Morton spent almost 25 years wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife, until DNA helped set him free. A year and half later, that same piece of DNA finally brought him face to face with the real killer.
“Prism, Partisanship and Propaganda”
Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian
Answering the issues that arose from the debate over last week’s NSA revelations.
“The Long Con”
Michael Rubino, Indianapolis Monthly
Phil Ferguson pulled off one of the biggest frauds in Indiana history, duping clients out of millions of dollars and staying one step ahead of the law.
From Kim Jong-il’s sushi chef to a falsely accused man facing the real killer, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.
“Dear Leader Dreams of Sushi”
Adam Johnson, GQ
A Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist profiles the sushi chef who served the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il for 11 years.
“A Syrian Refugee Wedding”
Lauren Wolfe, The Nation
Early marriage and domestic violence in the camps are a fact of life for girls fleeing the civil war.
“Looking It in the Face”
Charles Simic, The New York Review of Books
Some thoughts on growing old from a poet whose new book of poems is much too preoccupied with death.
“The Guilty Man”
Pamela Colloff, Texas Monthly
Michael Morton spent almost 25 years wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife, and he finally takes the stand against the real killer.
“Welcome to Mogadishu”
Katrina Manson, FT Magazine
Despite the threats from Islamist militants, the Somali capital is bursting back to life.
Christopher Dickey, Newsweek
In America’s cities, gun control isn’t about rights. It’s about survival.
From the looming defeat of the NRA to Amish teens gone wild on Facebook, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
This is How the NRA Ends
Alec McGillis, The New Republic
A bigger, meaner gun control movement has arrived.
Administrators Ate My Tuition*
Benjamin Ginsberg, Washington Monthly
Want to get college costs in line? Star by cutting the overgrown management ranks.
I Was a Liberal Mole at Fox News
Joe Muto, Salon
O’Reilly hates Hannity. Everyone lives in fear of a call from Roger Ailes. All that and more from eight years inside the beast.
Why Amish Teens Love Facebook
Justine Sharrock, Buzzfeed
For many Amish teens, Rumspringa means hard partying, dating, cars—and Facebook. So much for “What happens in Rumspringa stays in Rumspringa.”
From the collapsed case for austerity to the NYPD cop who blew the whistle on ‘stop and frisk,’ The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.
‘How the Case for Austerity Crumbled’
Paul Krugman, The New York Review of Books
Why did the austerians get such a powerful grip on elite opinion in the first place?
‘Officer Serrano’s Hidden Camera’
Jennifer Gonnerman, New York
NYPD officer Pedro Serrano found himself pressured to punish people who didn’t deserve it, so he began recording his superiors, making himself a flash point in the seething controversy over stop and frisk. Does that make him a rat—or a hero?
‘Facebook, One Year Later’
Khadeeja Safdar, The Atlantic
After Facebook's disastrous debut, the preferred clients of big banks walked away with huge profits. How?
‘Has Liberalism Failed?’
Bhaskar Sunkara, The Nation
Why America’s tradition of progressive reformism isn’t enough to fix our problems.
From the epic fraud behind the popular drug Lipitor to higher education’s new internet craze, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
Katherine Eban, Fortune
The epic inside story of long-term criminal fraud at Ranbaxy, the Indian drug company that makes generic Lipitor for millions of Americans.
Some of My Best Friends Are Germs
Michael Pollan, The New York Times Magazine
Medicine used to be obsessed with eradicating the tiny bugs that live within us. Now we’re beginning to understand all the ways they keep us healthy.
Nathan Heller, The New Yorker
Has the future of higher education moved online?
Maxed Out on Everest
Mark Jenkins, National Geographic
How to fix the mess at the top of the world.
How Gitmo Imprisoned Obama
Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek
Five years later, Guantánamo is still open. It’s the president’s biggest failure. Now he tries to close it—again.
From the White House’s intense internal debate on Syria to a Spanish village that won the biggest lottery in history, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The Thin Red Line
Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker
Inside the White House debate over Syria.
The Clinton Legacy
Michael Hirsch, Foreign Affairs
How will history judge the soft power of Hillary’s State Department?
The Luckiest Village in the World
Michael Paterniti, GQ
It was a tiny town of farmers, a village where everyone knew everyone and nearly all struggled to make ends meet. But then, a few days before Christmas, they won the largest lottery in the history of Spain.
A Suicide on Live TV
Jessica Testa, BuzzFeed
Last September, a car chase through Arizona turned from afternoon diversion to tragedy to referendum on media ethics, but lost in the noise was any sense of who was on the run or why. This is the story behind the spectacle.
From the harrowing memoirs of a Guantánamo detainee to a year without the Internet, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.
I’m a 34-Year-Old NBA Center. And I’m Black. And I’m Gay.
Jason Collins, Sports Illustrated
The coming-out story that rocked basketball—and the world.
The Guantanámo Memoirs
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Slate
How the U.S. kept a detainee quiet for 12 years.
I’m Still Here
Paul Miller, The Verge
Back online after a year without the Internet.
Nate Blakeslee, Texas Monthly
Two decades ago, Texas became ground zero for the “accountability” movement in public education. Now, after a revolt by teachers and parents, the legislature is posed to undo its own reforms.
Out in the Great Alone
Brian Phillips, Grantland
From how the U.S. government killed three American citizens to the failed breast cancer movement, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The Rise of Big Data
Kenneth Neil Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Shoenberger, Foreign Affairs
How it’s changing the way we think about the world.
Inside America’s Dirty Wars
Jeremy Scahill, The Nation
How three US citizens were killed by their own government in the space of one month in 2011.
Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer
Peggy Orenstein, The New York Times Magazine
The battle to raise awareness has been won. So why aren’t more lives being saved?
The Limits of Evolutionary Psychology
Thomas de Zengotita, The Hedgehog Review
Can we really find ethical guidance in a natural world shaped by evolution?
From America’s horrific, unregulated day-care centers to the new search for life on Mars, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.
“The Story Behind the Bombers”
Christopher Dickey, Eli Lake, and Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek
Did al Qaeda ideology inspire the attack, or were the two brothers driven by other motivations?
“The Hell of American Day Care”
Jonathan Cohn, The New Republic
An investigation into the barely regulated, unsafe business of looking after our children.
“The Martian Chroniclers”
Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker
A new era in planetary exploration.
“Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Ratings War”
Brian Stelter, The New York Times Magazine
How a toxic clash of personalities cost NBC’s Today its No. 1 ranking. Matt Lauer may yet lead the show back to the top spot, but the morning is tougher now than ever.
Every week, we pick the best long-form journalism from the newest magazines and journals.
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