The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The FBI and the Internet Can't Crack this Dead Man's Code On the Kernel, Stassa Edwards writes about a cypher that was found in the pocket of a man who was found dead in a corn field.

The Triumph of the Peanut Gallery: MH370 and the Search for Answers On the Kernel, Jeff Wise writes about internet sleuths' search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.

The Epic Uncool of Philip Seymour Hoffman On The Dissolve, Nathan Rabin writes about every single one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's film appearances and concludes his filmography is mostly worthwhile.

Stealing White On Bloomberg Business, Del Quentin Weber writes about a man who worked as a contractor for DuPont and became a freelance consultant on titanium dioxide or a corporate spy on behalf of the Chinese state, depending on who you ask.

The Nicholas Sparks White People Experience On Lainey Gossip, author Sarah writes about the formula for making a particular type of popular book and movie.

Big Sugar's Sweet Little Lies In Mother Jones, Gary Taubes and Cristin Kearns write about Kearns' research into sugar industry documents that reveal decades of concerted attempts to obfuscate sugar's role in human disease and to protect their product from regulation, still largely successful today.

Atlanta Child Murders: Spin's 1986 Feature, 'A Question of Justice' In Spin magazine, Robert Keating and Barry Michael Cooper write about an alternate theory of the murders of 29 children and two men in Atlanta between 1979 and 1981, on the basis that it was the work of Ku Klux Klan members seeking to start a race war.

An Idiot's Guide to Prosecuting Corporate Fraud On The Intercept, David Dayen writes about a group of high finance experts who have assembled a white paper on how the federal government can focus its successful efforts on attacking the type of systemic white collar crime that socioeconomic inequality thrives on.

The Water Next Time: Professor Who Helped Expose Crisis in Flint Says Public Science is Broken In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Steve Kolowich writes about the researcher who exposed Flint, Michigan's poisoned water supply and how the local universities' scientists failed residents by not exposing the problem earlier.

The Man Who Made the Whac-A-Mole Has One More Chance In Popular Mechanics, the creator of Whac-A-Mole and Showbiz Pizza's Rock-A-Fire Explosion is trying to stage a comeback.

Sirhan Sirhan Denied Parole Despite A Kennedy Confidant's Call For the Assassin's Release In the Washington Post, Peter Holley writes about Sirhan's bizarre recent parole hearing and briefly dives into the conspiracy theories surrounding Robert F Kennedy's assassination in 1968.