The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Not nothing On Aeon, Stephen Cave writes a fascinating essay on the importance (or lack thereof) regarding death on both the minute and cosmic scales.

Rise and Fall of the American Kiddie Ride In The Atlantic, Jake Swearingen writes about the decline of the kiddie rides that were once ubiquitous outside grocery stores in the U.S.

Peaceful protest is much more effective than violence for toppling dictators In the Washington Post, Max Fischer writes about a survey of protest and overthrow.

Elmer McCurdy - Travels in the Afterlife On the BBC's h2g2 site, Fizzymouse recounts the unusual story of a 19th-century outlaw and the fate of his corpse.

Don't Write Off ET Quite Yet On Nautilus, Caleb Scharf makes the case that we know far too little of the galaxy, let alone the universe to confidently conclude we are alone in it.

The self is moral On Aeon, Nina Strohminger writes about what makes the self and determines that it is the moral choices we make, not our memories, that compose human identities.

The Truth About Full-Time Employment On Forbes, Liz Ryan writes about the disconnect between full-time employees and their perception of their value.

Canyon Diablo Shootout The Wikipedia entry for a three-second gunfight in Arizona in 1905.

The Simpsons: "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner" On the A/V Club, Dennis Perkins gives a dispiriting review for the January 4, 2015 episode of The Simpsons.

The Forgotten Radical History of the March on Washington In Dissent magazine, William P. Jones writes about the origins of the seminal Civil Rights Movement moment.

50 Days In Bed for Science: Inside NASA's Bed Rest Study On SmartPlanet, Christina Hernandez Sherwood interviews study participant Heather Archuletta.

Before the Rat Pack, Another Wild Bunch In a 2005 article in the Los Angeles Times Richard Rushfield writes about an early-Hollywood club of elderly Bohemians.

State of the Species In Orion, 1491 author Charles C. Mann writes about the doom associated with Homo sapiens' success on the planet and how it could be averted.

Genome Sequencing in Babies to Begin as Part of Study In the Wall Street Journal, Amy Docker Marcus writes about a complex issue that will soon be deployed in maternity wards around the world.