The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The Belfast Operation In Down East Magazine, Brian Kevin writes about a major cocaine bust in a small town in Maine in the mid-1980s.

Communicating Across the Cosmos On Science Practice, Marek Kultys reports on ideas floated at a conference on what kind of messages we should be sending out into space.

Mummy Brown: Painting With The Dead On Cult of Weird, Charlie Hintz gives a brief overview of how Mummia, a paint hue, used to be made.

The mystery of Marsha Mehran: The best-selling young novelist who died a recluse in a rubbish-strewn cottage on Ireland's west coast In the Independent, Cahal Milmo writes about a writer's descent into isolation and madness.

Unmournable Bodies In the New Yorker, Teju Cole does a fine job of sorting through the competing outrages that converge on the Paris terrorist attacks to find the context of the whole thing.

Return of the Bogus Social Workers On Fortean Times, Emma McNeill writes about a bizarre phenomenon from the 1980s and 90s.

The Hideous Unknown of HP Lovecraft In the New York Review of Books, Charles Baxter delves into the profoundly racist and misogynist beliefs held by horror writer HP Lovecraft, as well as questions of whether his work can be considered literature. (Contains racial epithets.)