The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Downfall of the Delinquent: The Short, Unhappy Life of Bob Wood In The Trebuchet, Benjamin Welton writes about the rise of true crime comics and the legislative moral code that led to their demise as well as, ostensibly, one of the comics' illustrators.

Can DNA evidence solve a 30-year-old crime? In The Atlantic, James Vlahos writes about the murder of a teenage girl in San Diego in 1984 and the cold case investigation that led the police to a member of their own ranks.

The Last Days of HitchBOT On the Kernel, Duncan Fyfe writes about a robot that successfully hitchhiked across Canada and Europe, but was kidnapped and left for dead after two weeks in the U.S.

Her Dark Places In Texas Monthly, Skip Hollandsworth writes about Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children in a bathtub in her suburban home in 2001.

Neurothrillers On Aeon, Patricia Pisters writes about early attempts to influence the neurology of movie audiences and the recent breakthroughs in psychic manipulation.

What Ronald Regan Has to Do With Dora On Your Popsicle Package On Earth Island Journal, Anna Lappe writes about the reform legislation that narrowed companies' ability to market to kids that Regan reversed when he came into office.

A Killing in the Hills In the Riverfront Times, Nicholas Phillips writes part one of a story about a woman who was murdered in 1982 and whose boyfriend was possibly wrongfully convicted at the time.

What Could Go Wrong? On Slate, Ed Regis writes an excerpt from his book on the 1950s movement to use nuclear weaponry for peaceful civil engineering projects.

Whatever Happened to Waterbeds? On Mental Floss Jeff Wells writes about the bedroom fad that began in the 70s and continues in disguised form today.

The Racist Housing Policies that Built Ferguson In The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the formal and informal housing discrimination in Missouri that helped form the basis of an unequal society in the St Louis area.

Krapp's Last Tweet: The Rise (and Fall?) of Privilege in the Digital Economy In Religion Dispatches, Kevin Healey writes a fascinating essay about the unfettered hubris and the sense of entitlement that has emerged from it among the tech industry and its supplicants.

Still Riding the Rails: Life as a Modern Hobo On HowStuffWorks NOW, Dave Roos writes about the past and present of the hobo lifestyle.