The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Olestra: A Leaky History A brief excerpt from the Bathroom Reader's Institute on the history of the fat substitute olestra.

Raising the Dead In a 2005 article in Outside magazine, Tim Zimmermann writes about the amazing story of a deep-water attempt to raise the remains of a cave diver.

George Orwell, human resources and the English language In The Guardian, James Gingell writes about why Orwell would have despised the language of HR and why he would have had a good point.

"Shark!" In a 1967 issue of Holiday magazine, Peter Benchley lays out the case against shark in an article that would eventually form the basis of his novel Jaws.

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Impudent Scholars In a 2011 article in Awl, Jenny Hendrix writes about the Baker Street Irregulars and other societies dedicated to appreciating AC Doyle's detective.

The Tricky Business of Innovation: Can You Patent A Magic Trick? In Wired, Rick Lax writes about rampant theft in the world of professional magic.

Neither Snow, Nor Sleet, Nor Heat, Nor Fallout ... On the Brookings Institute's site, a 1998 analysis of Cold War scenarios baked by the IRS and postal service concerning how to keep functioning after a nuclear war.

Understanding Road Rage In one of the best articles we've ever read, written in 2001 and published in the journal Counterblast, Mercer Schuchardt writes about the parallels between the the car and the Internet and finds their relationship to one another.