The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The Fugitive, His Dead Wife and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theory that Explains It All On GQ, Evan Hughes writes about the story of a man who is accused of murdering his wife in Colorado but claims she committed suicide, and his life on the run in Venezuela.

The Legend of Dope Lake In Men's Health, Greg Nichols writes about the 1970s crash of a marijuana-smuggling plane in a remote lake in Yosemite National Park that attracted a legion of hippies who hiked in to loot it.

An Author Says She Aimed to Advance the Debate About Pit Bulls. Instead, She Became a Target In the Washington Post, Karin Brulliard writes about an author who, perhaps unwisely, waded into the vitriolic debate over whether pit bulls should be legally kept as pets.

How a Portuguese-to-English Phrasebook Became a Cult Comedy Sensation On Atlas Obscura, Tucker Leighty-Phillips writes about a 19th-century translation book project that went hopelessly awry for the author.

Digging for Glory In The New Yorker, Paige Williams writes about a grandstanding paleoanthropologist who says he is pushing science forward and forcing it to be more open to the public, whom fellow and rival scientists claim he is misleading.

There is No Death, Only a Series of Eternal Nows On Aeon, Robert Lanza and Bob Berman write about their theory of death based on the understanding of time via physics, that any tie or arrangement of time into past or future is merely an illusion.

The Invention of the Type A Personality On Priceonomics, Alex Mayyasi writes about the shady origins of a cultural touchstone that emerged from undisclosed corporate backing of scientific research.

Scientists Conclude Octopus DNA is Not Of this World On Global Possibilities, Casey Coates Danson writes about a recent study that found that octopi have more protein coding genes than even humans.