Reading List for January 19, 2018

The Deterrence Myth On Aeon, David P Barrish lays out an unsettling argument against the faulty logic behind the Mutual Assured Destruction doctrine, the Cold War concept that expansive nuclear arsenals actually prevent nuclear war.

Sacrificial Idols On Bitch Media, Catherine Komuro writes about the bizarre and grueling requirements that Japanese teen pop stars are required to keep up with to stay in the business.

The Encyclopedia of the Missing On Longreads, Jeremy Lybarger writes about a woman whose obsessive upkeep of a website that contains casefiles on thousands of missing people has become a trusted clearinghouse for online sleuths to clear cold cases.


The Accidental Universe In a 2011 article in Harper’s, Alan Lightman explains how the possibility of the multiverse, which multiple physics models suggest exists, undermines our attempts to explain and understand our universe and replaces it with a new form of religious belief.

How Death Got Cool In The Guardian, Marissa Metzer writes about how Westerners’ scrupulous veiled self-promotion that the covers the rest of life these days came to be applied to death as well.

An Airline Hijacking At Lambert in 1972 Turns Bizarre In the St Louis Post-Dispatch, Tim O’Neil briefly covers a DB Cooper copycat heist that I fully intend to read more about.

Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren republishes a 1930 essay by liberal economist John Maynard Keynes about the future of leisure we should be able to look toward as more machines take over more work, if we do it right.

Spiritual Hyperplane On Aeon (just go read everything on Aeon), Peter Halpern traces the path of extra dimensions of reality from 19th century spiritualism, to weird fiction, to widespread scientific respectability.


I’m always looking for things to read. If you know an interesting article, send it to me at

2 thoughts on “Reading List for January 19, 2018

  1. FYI the link to “How Death Got Cool” is broken.

    P.S. Thank you for staying so consistently solid with this blog. I’m an SYSK fan and I subscribe to your RSS feed here. I always find fascinating reading material.


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