The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for July 21, 2012

The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week. By David Sessions.

Should a Parent-Killer Go Free? Scott Anderson, The New York Times MagazineNineteen years ago, at age 14, Ousley murdered his mother and father. So why does he think he deserves to get out of prison?

The Wedding Katherine Goldstein, SlateWill 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 StoneThree simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe, and make clear who the real enemy is.

Dreaming of a World Without IntellectualsRussell Jacoby, The Chronicle ReviewConservative intellectuals’ flight from elitism led to a populist swamp peopled by autodidacts and fundamentalists.

“Everyone Only Wants Temps”Gabriel Thompson, Mother JonesMy stint doing "on demand" grunt work for one of America's hottest growth industries.

The Bookless LibraryDavid A. Bell, The New RepublicDon’t deny the change. Direct it wisely.

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