The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Who's the Boss? On the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives site, Laura Pinto and Selena Nemorin write about a view of the Elf On The Shelf doll as a primer that prepares children to submit to constant surveillance in their homes.

The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders On The Awl, Elon Green writes about a largely forgotten spree of serial murders of San Francisco's gay community in the 1970s.

The 9,000-year-old underground megalithic settlement of Atlit Yam On Ancient Origins, April Halloway writes about the remains of a fascinating neolithic city that is now underwater.

Unplug for the Holidays With These 5 Digital Detox Plans On Mashable, Zoe Fox proposes five ways to truly decouple from work and social media life in order to enjoy the holidays.

Torture report describes key 9/11 figure facing off with interrogators In the LA Times, Richard A. Serrano writes about the CIA's frustration at Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's subterfuge during torture and interrogation.

The 20 Worst Films of 2014 On the A/V Club site, Mike D'Angelo and friends critique the dreck of the year, some of which counted truly great actors among their casts.

Back to the Future On Brookings' site, Josh Freed makes the case for a return to nuclear power using old reactor plans that were never fully realized.

Sleazy, bloody and surprisingly smart: In defense of true crime On Salon, Laura Miller writes about the true crime genre.

True Crime In a 2008 article in the New Yorker, David Gann writes about a Polish book that mirrors a real-life murder suspiciously closely.

1944: George Stinney, Jr., age 14 On Executed Today, the Hedsman writes about a 14-year-old African-American boy who was executed by South Carolina after a one-day trial and ten minutes of deliberation.

Was one of the youngest ever executed innocent? On The Grio, Zerlina Maxwell writes about George Stinney, Jr.

Detachment On Aeon, Virginia Hughes writes about American research on Romanian orphans and the effects of institutionalization.

December 25: The Day Internet of Things Devices Go Online En Masse On Fast Company, Sattah Sarmah writes about our increasing reliance on connected devices.

Where does the fat go when you lose it? On the Washington Post site, Lenny Bernstein writes about a recent paper that spells out how fat is converted to energy and how it is excreted through the body.