The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Searching for Robert Johnson In Vanity Fair, Frank DiGiacomo writes about the discovery of only the third known photograph of legendary blues singer Robert Johnson and the exploration of his life it led a man into.

The War on Black Thursday In The New Republic, Rebecca Leber writes about the push back by some retailers against the holiday shopping creep into Thanksgiving Day.

The Depths of Grief In a 1999 article in the San Francisco Chronicle, JR Moehringer writes about the attempt to recover the body of a girl who drowned in a whirlpool in Georgia.

Joe Gould's Real Secret In The New Yorker, Jill Lepore writes about being sucked into a decades-old mystery over whether a disturbed and brilliant homeless man actually wrote the most extensive historical work ever compiled.