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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

The Sculpture on the Moon On Slate, Corey S Powell and Laurie Gwen Shapiro cover the strange story about the dispute between a celebrated American astronaut and a Belgian sculptor after the former places a work of art made by the latter on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 15 landing.

Amazonia 1952: Found On The Appendix, historian Felipe Fernades Cruz writes about the field notes from an investigation into the crash of a PanAm flight in the Brazilian Amazon in 1952 that took more than one bizarre twist.

Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All Of Us On Kernel, science writer Greg Stevens reviews a book about paraphilas.

The Art of Dying. In Lapham's Quarterly, neurologist Gayatri Devi writes about the patient she helped to die instead of fighting to keep living a little longer.

The Mystery of the Creepiest Television Hack. On Motherboard, Chris Knittel cracks into one of the strangest episodes in the history of hacking, the night that two Chicago television stations' transmissions were hijacked by an anonymous hacker who delivered a bizarre performance to viewers.

How These Five Dirtbags Radically Advanced Your Digital Rights. In Wired, David Kravits writes about a rouges gallery of questionable characters who, during the course of their prosecutions, challenged the legality of the government's powers and in doing so extended the rights of all of us.