The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The Strange Case of the Man With No Name On Mel's magazine, Kirk Pepi writes about the mystery of a man who committed suicide in a low-rent motel room in a small town in Oregon in 2001 and whose identity remains unknown today.

Russell's Sign The Wikipedia entry for a tell-tale sign of bulimia nervosa.

By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead In an essay published posthumously in Toronto Life, John Hoffsess reveals that he "killed [eight] people who wanted to die" as part of an underground assisted suicide network in Canada.

The Cold War Space Missions That Never Happened On the BBC site, Richard Hollingham writes about some space mission concepts scuttled by the US and USSR.

The Original Natural Born Killers On Nautilus, Edward Tenner writes about the Leopold and Loeb case and how the teenage murderers gave us the modern idea of the individual psychopath.

The Deepest, Darkest Place on Earth is Eerily Noisy On Discover, Nathaniel Scharpling writes about recent audio recording of the Mariana Trench that found it is filled with unsettling sounds.

The Volcano that Shrouded the Earth and Gave Birth to a Monster On Nautilus, Gillen D'Arcy Wood writes about the 1816 eruption of Mount Tambora in Java, so powerful that it altered the world's weather patterns, leading to mass starvation and other unexpected results, like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

We Need to Talk About TED On the Guardian, Benjamin Bratton publishes the text of a speech he gave at TEDx San Diego about the damage TED Talks do to intelligence and science.

TED Talks Are Lying To You On Salon, Frank Rich writes about the creative thinking missing from the current commodification of creativity.

The Rise of the Creepynet On Aeon, Rhian Sasseen ties together revivals of interest in the supernatural with the advent of new technologies.