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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week


Life Hacks of the Poor and Aimless On The Baffler Laurie Penny writes about the profound malaise with their prospects for the future among Millennials and how it affects their sense of self.

Life Planning for Victims of Late Capitalism On Best the News, Umair writes some tips for surviving the death throes of American neoliberal capitalism, what is shaping up to be a particularly difficult time.

Pokemon Go is Everything that is Wrong with Late Capitalism On CNBC, Timothy B Lee writes about the lack of a wide economic impact the current Pokemon Go craze will have on American cities.

The Story of the Human Fly In Esquire UK, Michael Odell writes about the bizarre story of a 70s daredevil and the sausage-making brothers who backed his one-off stunt career. (More on HowStuffWorks NOW)

The Red Pill You Asked For An anonymous listener whose business is digital marketing writes an (unedited draft) overview of the techniques companies use to collect and use data on their customers.

The Tyrant of Clipperton Island On Damn Interesting, Marisa Brook writes about the 19th and 20th-century settlement of an atoll off the West Coast of Mexico, which resulted in tremendous hardship in its settlers, especially the remaining few who were finally rescued.

Economic Liberalism is Still Liberalism On the Intercollegiate Studies Institute site, John Medaille writes a sensible critique of capitalism (alongside a defense from another writer), and makes the case that it has - whether via its innate mechanisms or through human meddling - run its course in America.

These Clumps of Undigested Food Used to Be Medicinal Charms On Nautilus, Chris Drudge writes about humanity's history using bezoars, something like gut pearls, as traditional medicine.

Unholy Act In Texas Monthly, Pamela Colloff writes about the murder of a woman in 1960 and the priest who was suspected of being the perpetrator (and later arrested years after the article was published).

The Man Restaging an Evel Knievel Stunt to Vindicate His Father In The New Yorker, Shawn Vestal writes about a famous failed 1974 jump by the daredevil and the recreation of it that is being planned.

Mermaids - Their Biology, Culture and Demise In a 1990 article in the journal Pediatrics, Karl Banse writes a tongue-in-cheek but academically rigorous overview of the three now-extinct species of mermaids.

How A Champagne-Laden Steamship Ended Up in A Kansas Cornfield On Atlas Obscura, Luke Spencer writes about a group of shipwreck hunters who find their sites underground rather than underwater.