The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Stop Laughing At Old Movies, You $@%&ing Hipsters On LA Weekly, film critic Amy Nicholson criticizes a new trend among hipsters.

Animal Rights, Animal Wrongs In Foreign Policy, Steven M Wise writes about the test cases to assert personhood and attendant rights for animals that likely experience consciousness.

My evil dad: Life as a serial killer's daughter In BBC Magazine, Melissa Moore writes about coming to terms with her father's eight murders.

Lenin's Body Improves With Age On Scientific American, Jeremy Hsu writes about the cottage industry that developed around Russia's determined quest to preserve its statesman's body after death.

How Europeans Evolved White Skin In Science, Ann Gibbons writes about recent research into the genetic lineages of Northern Europeans that has found white skin, light hair and eye color and tall stature are recent traits.

Tintin and the Uncanny Valley In The Guardian, Steve Rose writes about the trouble that faces CGI animators and roboticists alike.

The Sense of Being Stared At In a paper in the Journal of Consciousness Studies, Rupert Sheldrake writes about skeptical findings regarding his hypothesis that humans have some sort ability to sense when they are being watched.

Graves of the Dead In New New South, Ken Otterbourg writes about the Grave Creek Mound in West Virginia.

Is Our Universe A One-Off Fluke or an Endless Cycle? In Nautilus Brian Gallagher writes about a new crisis of faith among some former adherents to the theory that the universe is expanding.

How a maple syrup rebellion is growing in Quebec In the National Post, Peter Kuitenbrouwer writes about resistance to the maple syrup cartel set up among maple syrup producers in Quebec.

The Peculiar Case of Elijah Cravens On Folsom's 93, April Moore writes about a man who was acquitted of a crime because he was legally considered dead at the time.

Billy Smolinski, Gone Since 2004, Is Part of A 'Silent Mass Disaster' In Newsweek, Alexander Nazaryan writes about the largely indifferent attitude police frequently show toward missing adults.

New Evidence of Ancient Child-Trafficking Network Unearthed in Maya Sacrifice Cave In Collectors Weekly, Ben Marks writes about recent research into bones that suggest children from elsewhere were sacrificed in a cave in Belize hundreds of years ago.

The Tallest Trophy In The New Yorker, Paige Williams writes about the provenance of a totem pole that was stolen by John Barrymore in the 1920s and taken to Hollywood.