The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark


Man Vs Machine In Bloomberg Business Week, Drake Bennett writes about a former polygraph examiner who has become its most vocal critic as a deceptive technique meant to push witnesses into giving confessions.

The Cruel and Unusual Execution of Clayton Lockett In The Atlantic, Jeffrey E Stern chronicles the execution of a condemned inmate upon whom the state of Missouri tested a new drug cocktail.

New York's Darkest Secrets: The Hole is A Mafia Graveyard that Few People Venture Into In The Independent, Alexannder Nazaryan writes about a small neighborhood in New York that is a frontier.

We Are All Confident Idiots On Pacific Standard, David Dunning writes about research into a human tendency to feel confidently about the answers and information we give, especially when we're wrong.

Norway's Mass Murderer Anders Brevik Gets Hundreds of Love Letters Every Year On the Straits Times, the AFP writes about women who fall in love with convicted criminals behind bars.

Fear and the Three-Day Food Supply On his eponymous blog, Toby Hemenway writes about the food supply system in the US and how it is more stable than may be suspected.

Nuclear Weapon Radiation Effects The Federation of American Scientists provide an overview of the effects on the environment and biology from a nuclear weapon detonation.

The Trials of Ed Graf On Slate, Jeremy Stahl writes about the re-trial of a man who was convicted of killing his two stepsons using fire.

The Strange Saga of George Washington's Bedpan On Smithsonian, Cassandra Good writes about a family heirloom.

The True Purpose of Microsoft Solitaire, Minesweeper and Free Cell On Mental Floss (UK), James Hunt writes about the origin of beloved classic Windows games.