Conor Friedersdorf, the man behind The Best of Journalism
e-newsletter, shares his list of "102 Spectacular Nonfiction Stories from 2012
," many of which we've linked to from Boing Boing and plenty that we missed! I was delighted that Cory's Boing Boing feature "Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing
," made the list. Below are a few others to give you a ease of Conor's taste. Time to load up ye olde e-reader.
by Tim Doody
For decades, the U.S. government banned medical studies of the effects of LSD. But for one longtime, elite researcher, the promise of mind-blowing revelations was just too tempting.
The Morning News Jul 2012
by Michael Hall
The life of a guitar.
Texas Monthly Dec 2012
How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy
by Kathleen McAuliffe
Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab. What he's discovering now will startle you. Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia? Inside the emerging science of mind-controlling parasites.
The Atlantic Mar 2012
"102 Spectacular Nonfiction Stories from 2012
Psych scholars from San Diego State and U Georgia used Google Books to systematically explore the growth of swear-words in published American literature: they conclude that books are getting swearier and that this is a bellwether for a growth in the value of individualism: “Due to the greater valuation of the rights of the individual […]
Andy at The Jerx (previously) describes a surprisingly effective tactic for putting a heckler in his place during the performance of a magic trick.
Teenage girls read far more than teenage boys. Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket series and other fantastic tales, has a suggestion on how to increase teen boys’ interest in books: more sex in the pages. From Daniel’s essay in the New York Times: It is a gross generalization, of course, to say that […]
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