The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Bartleby the Scrivener A classic American short story, written by Herman Melville in 1853 which still defies clear interpretation to this day.

Joke's On You, Interpreters of Bartleby In a 2011 article in the PIT Journal, Zeke Saber argues that Melville made his classic shorty story intentionally obtuse and ultimately unfit for analysis (despite Saber's analysis).

The Contestant Who Outsmarted The Price Is Right In a 2010 article in Esquire, Chris Jones writes about the only person to every guess the exact value of a Showcase.

Forensic Pseudoscience In the Boston Review, Nathan J Robinson writes about the awakening to the probability that the forensic science used to provide evidence in criminal cases is not and cannot be classified as real science and may instead be useless.

Santa and the Shrooms: The Real Story Behind the 'Design' of Christmas In Inhabitat, Holly McWhorter recounts some amazing recent anthropological research that convincingly suggests Santa's legend has almost all of its roots in a hallucinogenic tradition of indigenous people from the Arctic Circle.

A Christmas Memory An extremely sweet and bittersweet short story written by Truman Capote in 1956.

The 727 That Vanished In a 2010 article in Air & Space, Tim Wright writes about the mysterious disappearance of an airliner with at least two people aboard and the shady international aircraft market that fostered it.

The World Ends with a Handshake: Unraveling the Apocalypse of 'Southland Tales' In Motherboard, Abraham Riesman writes about the director of Donnie Darko, whose follow up to his successful first film was a critical and commercial flop but has become a cult classic for its renowned impenetrability.