The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Ghosts of the Tsunami In the London Review of Books, Richard Lloyd Parry writes about a Buddhist minister who has become busy with the sad task of exorcising ghosts of victims of the 2011 tsunami from the lives and bodies of the survivors.

Flathead On the New York Press site in 2005, Matt Taibbi wrote a particularly funny and vicious negative review of New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman's book The World Is Flat.

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food In the New York Times Magazine early last year, Michael Moss wrote a fascinating predecessor to his book on how the junk food industry uses science and psychology to hone their products.

Who to Read to Not Be Boring on Facebook On Hazlitt, Tom Jokinen criticizes the emerging Asperger lit trend and suggests more, but not too much, personal involvement when the authors write about their lives.

The Cowboy of the NSA In Foreign Policy, Shane Harris provides an alternate view of Gen Keith Alexander, the man who built the NSA into the data-glutton behemoth that the Snowden files have revealed, as fast, loose and irresponsible with both civil liberties and government funds.

Want the American Dream? Move to these 10 Cities On MarketWatch, Quentin Fottrell writes about a recent study that found the aspiration of the American Dream through upward mobility is alive and well in some parts of the country and near death in others.

Missing Chilean lake is massive mystery The AFP reports on the investigation into a large lake that disappeared overnight in the mountains of Chile.

British Museum: Prototype for Noah's Ark was round On the AP site, Jill Lawless writes about a recently-revealed discovery of a Babylonian tablet that describes the specifications for an ark to be used to rescue animals during a great flood.

The drug revolution that no one can stop On Matter, Mike Power writes about and participates in the grey market online trade in analog designer drugs, slightly altered versions of synthetic recreational drugs that can be purchased on the Internet.

This Week in Science Lies On The Toast, Mallory Ortberg adds lies to clips from recent science reporting.