The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The Mystery of Devil Kettle Falls On Mother Nature Network, Stacey Boschma writes about a peculiar geological feature in Minnesota.

Can Mommy Bloggers Still Make a Living? In The Atlantic, Olga Khazan writes about the insidious rise of native advertising.

The Critique of Pure Horror In a 2011 article in the New York Times, Jason Zinoman writes about the multidisciplinary approaches to understanding exactly why we enjoy movies that scare us.

The Inhuman Centipede On Ludic Despair, Jeffrey Sconce writes about the sequel to the Human Centipede, appreciating the nuances that other critics overlooked in their outright dismissal of the movie.

The Birds In The New Yorker, Jonathan Rosen writes about the sudden, anthropogenic extinction of the North American passenger pigeon.

Woman Incapable of Feeling Pain Now Feels Pain All the Time, Thanks to Childbirth In the Washington Post, Olivia Campbell writes about a woman whose pinched nerve has led to the sensation of pain for the first time in her life.

There's New Hope for Preserving the Wreck of the Titanic On Smithsonian, Danny Lewis writes about the rapid deterioration that visits to the Titanic have wreaked on it.