The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Welcome to Colon, Magic Capital of the World On Verve, Kyle Chayka writes about the annual gathering of magicians in a small Michigan town and what it means for the craft as a whole.

The Health Costs of Our Late-Night Light Addiction On Nautilus, Eli Chen writes about recent research into the effects of tablets and phones on our ability to sleep.

"Your Future Is Very Dark" On Slate, Andrew Burt writes about a man who, as a young CIA agent, was captured by China during the Korean War and spent 20 years as a POW.

The Body Electric In Outdoor magazine, Ferris Jabr writes about survivors of lightning strikes and the medically mysterious long-term symptoms they face.

Digging Through The World's Oldest Graveyard On Nautilus, Amy Maxwell writes about the state of anthropological field work in the study of earliest hominids in Ethiopia.

Bonfire of the Humanities On Aeon, David Armitage and Jo Guildi writes about the swinging pendulum between historians' focus on studying the short and the long term, and the field's place as explainer of our world.

The Machine Is A Garden In Foreign Policy, Amanda Kolson Hurley examines the revival of garden cities, planned communities with a focus on equality and greenspace, as an antidote to modern urban living.

A New Feature of Neurons On Neuro-Patch, Janet Kwasniak writes about recent findings of the capabilities of some specialized types of neurons that is reshaping the way we understand how the brain learns.

Don't Try On, Michael Phillips writes about the common misunderstanding of the meaning of the writer Charles Bukowski's epitaph.

General Motors' Destruction of California's Transit System The Modern Transit Society briefly chronicles GM's involvement in surreptitiously dismantling its competition, the city transit system, throughout California (and the rest of the country) in the mid-20th century.

The Deafening Silence The Outlook Zen writes about recent research into canine emotional intellect that show dogs experience the world much like us and, as such, should enjoy the right to self-determination like any other person.

Is Your Dentist Ripping You Off? On Mother Jones, Kiera Butler writes about the increasing practice among dentists to perform unnecessary procedures, prompted, possibly, by the rising costs of dental school.

What Do We Mean By "Evil"? In a 2012 article in the New Yorker, Rollo Romig writes about the philosophical, psychological and sociological inability to define evil.

The Illusion of 'Natural' In The Atlantic, Eula Biss writes about the fault in our concepts of what is natural and toxic.

Most People With Addictions Simply Grow Out Of It: Why Is This Widely Denied? On, Maia Szalavitz writes about the idea that addiction is frequently rooted in the teenage brain and is left behind as the brain comes to understand risk and consequences.

What Happened To Matrice Richardson? In Los Angeles Magazine, Mike Kessler investigates the unsolved death of a woman released from police custody in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere.

D.C. Attorney May Use FBI Headquarters As Leverage In Statehood Lawsuit On DCist, Erin Kelly writes about a 19th-century treaty Congress made with the residents of DC that has been broken several times over and appears to be on the verge of being broken again.

Why war? It's a question Americans should be asking In the Los Angeles Times, Gregory A. Daddis writes an op-ed questioning the utility of the kind of persistent war we wage in the post-WWII era.

The Sound So Loud That It Circled the Earth Four Times On Nautilus, Aatish Bhatia writes about the loudest sound in recorded history, the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883.

What It's Like to Fly the $23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class On his eponymous blog, Derek Low writes about (and provides extensive photos of) his adventure in the nicest cabin the commercial airline world.

A Century of Extinction In the New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert writes about the passing of the passenger pigeon 100 years ago.

Tarantula Entry for the arachnid family on the San Diego Zoo's site.

Restaurant Cocktails That Aim Too High In the New York Times, Pete Wells writes about a sad but perhaps inevitable byproduct of the widespread renaissance in crafted cocktails, the not-good cocktail.

The 10 Golden Rules of Argument On Farnam Street, Shane Parrish provides some brief and level-headed points about the most effective ways to argue with others.