The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

A Bug in the System In The New Yorker, Wil S Hylton writes about why it is so easy for fatal outbreaks of bacteria-caused diseases to happen through America's chicken supply.

The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist In Wired, Rich Schapiro writes about an incredible plot to rob a bank that left one man with a hole blown in his chest.

The History and Uses of the Magical Mandrake, According to Magical Witches On Atlas Obscura, Angelica Calabrese writes about the hallucinogenic and narcotic plant that witches have used and jealously guarded for centuries.

When Did Globalization Start? In The Economist, C.R. writes about the common idea that globalization began with Columbus' voyage to the Caribbean.

Phantom Public In Dissent, Astra Wilson writes about how the democratization of media can either lead to more freedom among individuals or, as has been playing out, become another form of controlled information.

My Right to Die In Mother Jones, Kevin Drum writes about the history and current status of the assisted-suicide movement, which has become sharply personal for him recently.