The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: The Lake Waco Murders, Geoff Dyer on LA


Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This week, Yoko Ono, Geoff Dyer in Los Angeles, the Lake Waco murders, and more.

“The Murders at the Lake” by Michael Hall, Texas Monthly

The 2014 National Magazine Award Nominations were announced this week (you can read them here), and Hall’s must-read, five-part serialized epic on a 1982 case in Waco, Texas will probably win next year. So get ahead of the game and read it now.

“What’s Wrong With Yoko Ono, Anyway?” by Margaret Wappler, Dame Magazine

To “Yoko Ono” a band still exists, Wappler notes, citing the recent news over L’Wren Scott’s passing and the Rolling Stones. Why is that?

The Hugo Problem,” by Mona Gable, The definitive piece on the rise and fall of Hugo Schwyzer, mansplaining professor of the feminist blogosphere.

“Diary: Why Can’t I See You?” by Geoff Dyer, London Review of Books

We’ll follow Geoff Dyer anywhere. He moved to LA, had a stroke, and is learning how to feel immortal. Devastating and funny.

“I Cannot Lie: Why I Love Eileen Fisher” by Molly Fischer, The Cut

Molly Fischer goes deep into the anti-fashion fashion of Janet Malcolm in The New Yorker-approved Mom brand Eileen Fisher.

“How to Write a Believable Happy Ending” by Ted Thompson, The Atlantic

What writer Ted Thompson, author of The Land of Steady Habits, learned from reading John Cheever’s peerless short stories.