The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks July 2, 2011

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


Eliza Gray, The New Republic

What will it take for America to accept transgender people for who they really are?

“Looking for Someone”

Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker

Sex, love, and loneliness on the Internet.

“The Spam Factory’s Dirty Secret”

Ted Genoways, Mother Jones

First Hormel gutted the union. Then it sped up the line. And when the pig-brain machine made workers sick, they got canned.

“Fall of the House of Busch”

Susan Berfield, Businessweek

It took four generations to build Anheuser-Busch, one of the most celebrated companies in America. And only one for it to come apart.

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“How to Land Your Kid in Therapy”

Lori Gottlieb, The Atlantic

Obsessing over our children's happiness may doom them to miserable adulthoods.

“Roger Ailes’ Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News”

John Cook, Gawker

According to a remarkable document buried deep within the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the intellectual precursor to Fox News was a nakedly partisan 1970 plot by Ailes and other Nixon aides to circumvent the "prejudices of network news" and deliver "pro-administration" stories to heartland television viewers.

Daddy, Why Is My School Falling Down?

Kristen Lombardi, Newsweek

The troops returning from Afghanistan this year face a bleak homecoming: The nation's commitment to their families is flagging—particularly at the broken-down schools that serve soldiers' kids.