The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The Radical Pessimism of Dashiell Hammett In the American Scholar, David Lehman writes about the gritty American-ness of the great detective writer's prose and philosophy.

A New Golden Age Part I: Why Your Grandparents Live Larger Than You Do In the Los Angeles Review of Books, Tom Streithorst writes about how relative decreases in wages has led to a consumer economy where the consumers are too broke to consume, so they just keep producing instead.

Mega Tsunami With 50[0]-Foot Waves Swallowed Ancient Island on LiveScience, Charles Q Choi writes about recent findings that suggest a volcanic landslide 70,000 years ago triggered a tsunami that carried 700-ton boulders ashore.

Origins On Aeon, Jacob Mikanowski writes about the genetic investigation into the spread of paleo humans across Earth.

Making Sense of One of the Internet's Most Reviled Subcultures In the Washington Post, Caitlin Dewey writes about incels, involuntary celibates, mostly men who lead sexless lives and have gotten a bad reputation for violence due to two mass shootings.

Online Dating Made This Woman A Pawn In a Global Crime Plot On Wired, Brendan I Koerner writes about the sad tale of a woman who was looking for love and fell hard for a romance con.

What Happens Next Will Amaze You On Idle Words, Maciej Ceglowski publishes a talk about the increasingly vast amounts of information being recorded about us, why companies and governments don't really need to keep it, and how no one is watching over it closely enough.

Uncovering the Secret History of Meyers-Briggs On Digg, Merve Emre writes about the jealously guarded racist and baseless origins of the world's most famous personality test.

The Woman Who Froze in Fargo On Grantland, Mike Powell writes about an bizarre example of life imitating art imitating life.

The Crash of Egypt Air 990 In a 2001 article in The Atlantic, William Langweische writes about the crash and subsequent controversial investigation of the mysterious crash of a 767 passenger plane.

Mithradates of Fond du Lac In an article from The Believer, Kent Russell writes about a man who has self-immunized against snake venom and can survive four lethal snake bites in 24 hours.

How Tom Wolfe Became ... Tom Wolfe In Vanity Fair, Michael Lewis writes admiringly about the reporter turn novelist.

Why the Rich Love Burning Man In Jacobin Magazine, Keith A Spencer draws a comparison between the recent takeover of the Burning Man festival by wealthy technocrats and the recent takeover of Western society by wealthy technocrats.

Situationists - An Introduction On, a summary of the brief, disillusioned socio-political movement the most pronounced trait of which was that it is constantly evolving.