The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

When a Chomp or a Slurp Is a Trigger for Outrage In the New York Times, Joyce Cohen writes about the psychological condition misophonia, where sufferers cannot bear certain noises.

Pandemic Preparedness The people at provide a checklist of suggested items that make up a complete pandemic preparedness kit.

A 'Post-Political' Labor Movement On In These Times, David Morberg interviews labor organizer Stanley Aronowitz about his views on the future of labor unions and workers' rights in the United States.

Pigeons From Hell A classic horror short story by Robert E. Howard, originally published in Weird Tales in 1938.

An Imaginary Town Becomes Real. Then Not. True Story. On the NPR blogs, Robert Krulwich writes about a delightfully strange real-life occurrence of mapmaking chicanery.

What Democracy Really Means in U.S. and New York Times Jargon: Latin American Edition On Intercept, Glenn Greenwald dissects several New York Times op-eds to reveal the duplicitous language regarding power structures in ally and unfriendly states.

Did Jesus Save the Klingons? On Scientific American, Clara Moskowitz interviews astronomer David Weintraub about the effects the discovery of extraterrestrial life would have on the world's religions.

The Future According to Adam Sandler On Skeptophilia, Gordon Bonnet writes about the recent and sudden process where a satirical list about became the basis for a conspiracy theory.

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? A classic work of horror fiction by Joyce Carol Oates, first published in 1966.

The Specialist's Hat A short horror story by Kelly Link, first published in 1998.

A Worthless and Whiny Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero On, Peter Hart writes about the attacks on and defense of the late investigative journalist Gary Webb and his legacy and reporting.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident In Fortean Times, Svetlanna Osadchuk and Kevin O'Flynn write about the unexplained violent deaths of nine students in a remote area of uninhabited Central Russia in 1959.

The Polaroid On Crime Magazine, Paul Buchanan writes about the mystery behind a disturbing photo, found in a Florida parking lot in 1989, which shows a young girl and boy bound and gagged.