The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

_9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9: the Mysterious Tale Terrifying Reddit On The Guardian, Leigh Alexander writes about an unusual and imaginative speculative-horror-scifi fiction series being posted in random discussion threads on Reddit.

The Interface Series On Reddit, the _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 series collected in the chronological order they were posted.

The First Neoliberals On Jacobin, Corey Robin writes about the rise of the socioeconomic system that forms the basis of Western politics.

Uncanny Valley In n+1 magazine, Anna Wiener writes about navigating and aging out of the world of Silicon Valley start-ups.

A Short History of Bank Robbery On North Hollywood Shootout, Lee Mindham and Adrian Martinez write about Los Angeles becoming the bank robbery capital of the world during the late 80s and early 90s, which also saw the shift from quiet, note-based robberies to violent bank take-overs.

Myth and Mysticism in Space On Method, Adam Mann writes an interesting account of the separate narratives that underscored the Soviets' and Americans' race to space and the beliefs of how humanity would change when we got there.

Lessons from the Ancient One In Nature, the editors write about the decades-long court case over the remains of Kennewick Man, an 8500-year-old Native American discovered in the Pacific Northwest in 1996.

Hell Toupee On Snopes, David Mikkelson writes about the truthful urban legend of a girl losing her scalp on an amusement park ride when her hair became caught.

Teen Discovers Lost Ancient City Using Star Maps On Gizmodo, George Dvorsky writes about a Canadian 15-year-old who was the first to notice that the ancient Maya aligned their cities to the brightest stars in the sky and discovered an ancient city lost to the jungle. It later turned out the anomaly was likely a recent fallow corn field or a marijuana growing operation.

Open Water - the Internet of Visible Thought On Edge, Peter Gabriel writes about his favorite impending technology, personal scanners that will read and display people's thoughts.

Sleeping in Suave-opolis: Vacationing in a Rediscovered Blue (1945) On his blog, JF Ptak writes about a vintage Pittsburgh Paint catalog he came across.