The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

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The Wood of the Dead On Wikisource, a 1906 short supernatural story by horror writer Algernon Blackwood.

Blindsided: A Dream Engagement Turned Nightmare On Indianapolis Monthly, Mary Milz writes about a woman who was living a double life, half of which was deeply nefarious.

Body on the Moors On the BBC site, Jon Manel writes about the discovery in December 2015 of a still-unidentified man who may have killed himself in a very public setting.

Mass Shootings: Why We Have No Idea Why This Keeps Happening On Vocativ, Joshua A Krisch and Leon Markovitz write about the current effects of the de facto 1996 Congressional ban on gun violence research by the CDC.

Death of a Valley On Guernica, Lauren Markham writes about the 1953 removal of the town of Monticello, California and the subsequent flooding of the valley where it had been situated to create a water reservoir.

Divers Plunge Into Darkness to Recover History In a 2012 article in the Napa Valley Register, Kerana Todorov writes about a scuba diving group that became the first people to see a 19th-century masonry bridge after it was flooded during the creation of a reservoir.

How to Make a Bot that Isn't Racist On Motherboard, Sarah Jeong writes about the, to many bot designers, hubristic attempt by Microsoft to create a Twitter-based AI, which failed spectacularly after the bot quickly learned to be virulently racist.

The 'Hobbit' Lineage May Be Much Older than Previously Thought On Smithsonian, Maya Wei-Haas writes about recent findings that suggest the 3.5-foot race of humans living on the island of Flores, off the coast of Indonesia may have been around 500,000 years earlier than researchers believed.

Warning Required Before Crime On Weird Universe, Alex writes about a 1973 proposed law in the Texas legislature that would have required perpetrators of violent crimes to give their victims 24 hours' notice of their intended crime.

Low Gravity and Hig Radiation: Would Humans Remain Human on Mars? On Ars Technica, Eric Berger writes about the possible speciation even that may occur among humans living on Mars, isloated from Earth-bound humans.

The Internet of Things You Don't Really Need In The Atlantic, Ian Bogost writes about the under-delivery on the promise of what in the 90s was called Ubiquitous Computing and became the Internet of Things