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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week


Nuclear War and Climate Catastrophe: Some Policy Implications In a 1983 article in the journal Foreign Affairs, Car Sagan writes a controversial overview of nuclear winter.

The Long Life and Quiet Death of True Detective Magazine On i09, John Marr writes about the sordid lifetime of true crime magazines throughout the 20th century.

Hook, Line and Sinker In Boston Magazine, Erick Trickey writes about a treasure-hunting outfit that is accused of defrauding its investors.

These Century-Old Tsunami Stones Dot Japan's Coastline On Smithsonian, Danny Lewis writes about stone markers warning later generations of the heights tusnami waves can reach when they come ashore.

Orchid Fever In a 1995 article in New Yorker, Susan Orleans provides the basis for the movie Adaptation.

Loving Books in A Dark Age In a chapter excerpt from a history published on Longform, Michael Pye writes about Bede, a Medieval monk who transformed the Western world in a number of fascinating ways.

Deathbed confession may have revealed location of 'Nazi gold train' In The Guardian, Jessica Elgot writes about the recent revelation that the Polish government believes a train laden with gold and jewels may be tucked away in a hidden tunnel system in the Southwest of the country.

How an African slave helped Boston fight smallpox In the Boston Globe, Ted Widmer writes about how Rev Cotton Mather learned from his unsung slave the technique of inoculating against smallpox in 1716.

In Other Words: Inside the Minds and Lives of Real-time Translators On Mosaic, Geoff Watts writes about how translators at international bodies like the UN have provided a view to ohow the brain functions.

How a Real Corpse Ended Up in a California Fun Park Spookhouse On Atlas Obscura, Ella Morton briefly writes about the strange posthumous journey of Elmer McCurdy.

With a Record Backing Coups, Secret War & Genocide, Is Kissinger an Elder Statesman or War Criminal? On Democracy Now, Amy Goodman interviews an author who lays out the case against former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Why Can't We Stop for Death? On New Statesman, John Gray reviews several books based on the work of Ernest Becker, the psychologist who believed human culture is an attempt to stave off death.