The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Narcissists Are Capable of Empathy After All In Pacific Standard, Tom Jacobs writes about a recent study that found that not only are narcissists capable of experiencing empathy, they are pretty good at following orders too.

Monopoly is Theft In a 2012 article in Harper's Magazine, Christopher Ketcham writes about the business of the game Monopoly and the surprising socialist origins of the game, which was rescued from the dustbin of history.

The Birth of Cool On Slate, Mike Vuolo writes about the etymology and attempts to define cool.

High Times in Everglades City In Gulfshore Life, Peter B. Gallagher gives an overview of an economically depressed Florida fishing town that made ends meet in the early 1980s by smuggling pot for Colombian drug cartels.

Space Food Sticks: the granddaddy of all energy bars On Sometimes They Always Come Back, Gavin Elster writes about Pillsbury's shady answer to Tang in the midst of the Space Race.

Elliot Rodger wasn't interested in women On Aljazeera, Dexter Thomas proposes that the U.S.'s national discussion about gun control and the Santa Barbara shooting rampage in May is skirting the real issues of gender and race.

Turing Test breakthrough as super-computer becomes first to convince us it's human In The Independent, Andrew Griffin writes about a groundbreaking development in the field of artificial intelligence.

Why Are We So Terrible At Contacting Aliens? On The Awl, John Wenz provides a rambling essay through the history of human attempt to communicate with alien life and the inherent difficulties attendant to that pursuit.