Josh Clark

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History In a 1999 article in the journal The American Scholar, Jennifer Price writes about the foundation of taste that yard art was built upon and how it, in turn, became shorthand for camp and kitsch. (This article lives behind a paywall but JSTOR now offers free subscriptions.)

Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head On National Geographic's Phenomena blog, Robert Krulwich writes about how mosquitoes manage to keep from being smashed by raindrops.

Dumber Than Your Average Bear On Grantland, Wesley Morris writes a scathing critique of the movie Ted 2.

Docents Gone Wild In the Wall Street Journal, Ellen Gamerman writes about the troubles that museums frequently face from the guides who volunteer at them.

Upstairs Lounge arson attack The Wikipedia entry for a deadly 1973 fire that killed 32 men at a gay club in New Orleans and received little to no media attention.

How Jim Obergefell became the face of the Supreme Court gay marriage case In an April article in the Washington Post, Michael S. Rosenwald writes about a man who sued Ohio to be listed as the surviving spouse on his husband's death certificate.

It's All For Your Own Good In the New York Review of Books, Jeremy Waldron writes about the troubling overlooked aspects of nudge politics.

Unearthing Baseball Lore In a 1993 article in the Chicago Tribune, Ron Grossman writes about a Chicago man who worked to prove the legend that the White Sox Comiskey Park was built atop a garbage dump.

The Lost World of the London Coffee House In the Public Domain Review, Dr Matthew Green writes about coffeehouse culture in 17th-century England.

Social Acceleration and the Need For Speed In the Los Angeles Review of Books, Claudio Gallo interviews sociologist Martmut Rosa about his theories on why modernity comes equipped with the sense that we never have enough time.