The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Lessons In A Surveillance Drama Redux. On the New York Times, blogger Andrew Sullivan covers a scandal involving the NYT several years back when the newspaper suppressed a story that exposed the Bush administration and NSA for illegal spying practices. The story has risen once more since Edward Snowden publicly said he didn't go to the Times with his information specifically because of that decision by the Times.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: City Council seeks to isolate mayor. The Associated Press covers the travails of recently-admitted crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford and how the local government is working to remove him from power.

MI6 spy found dead in bag probably locked himself inside, Met says. In the Guardian, Josh Halliday reports on the ruling of the official cause of death of a British spy who was found in a safehouse, dead and naked in a duffel bag in an empty bathtub.

Volatile organic compound found that attacks the genes that make and transport dopamine. In a press release on Medical News Today, a study that links mold exposure and Parkinson's is covered.

Artist Who Nailed His Scrotum to the Ground in Red Square Feels "Fine". In a post on the site Animal, writer Marina Galperina covers the meaning and intent behind a recent performance art piece in which Russian artist Petr Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to the ground. The video that plays automatically is NSFW and will set your mirror neurons off in a terrible way.

Changing the Global Food Narrative. In the magazine Ensia, environmentalist Jonathan Foley writes about the fallacy behind the idea that humanity will need to grow more crops to feed the expected boom in population over the coming decades.

Winning The Price Is Right. On Slate, mathematician Ben Blatt contributes an overview of how basic game theory can be applied to most of the games found in The Price Is Right, from Contestants Row to the Showcase Showdown, and many of the games between.

America's Last Renegades? On AlterNet, Bruce E. Levine reviews an interesting book by historian Thaddeus Russel, who suggests that America's history has been pushed forward by radical groups seeking to be included in mainstream American culture and, when successful, are co--opted by it and lose their revolutionary spirit.