I suppose singling out any URL for the New Yorker is akin to digging up the corpse of William Shawn and jumping repeatedly about the bones, but this one in particular seems especially dust-disturbing. Ditto for the remains of Pauline Kael.
An abridged version of this article first appeared in the October 1984 issue of The Atlantic Monthly as the cover story "The Politics of the Next Dimension: Do Ghosts Have Civil Rights?" It is republished here, in its entirety, for the first time.
For anyone with insomnia in the New York metro area, the ads have become ubiquitous: three middle-aged men dressed in cornflower blue lab coats, holding mysterious technical equipment, and offering the owners of haunted houses (or haunted anything, really) their unique ghost capture and removal services.
I first saw one after falling asleep to the dulcet drawl of Charles Rose on "CBS News Nightwatch." [...]
"[S]everal sites are posting this trailer for Spook Central, which appears to be a feature-length study of Ghostbusters (yes, Ghostbusters) done in the same voice-over-and-clip style as Room 237. Are these theorists and their crazy notions legit—or is the whole thing an elaborate spoof of Room 237? What’s more, is this trailer the entire end game? It’s worth noting that there is no IMDb page for Spook Central, or even an official site; indeed, the only Google hits for 'Ghostbusters Spook Central documentary' are movie sites posting the trailer." —This thing goes all the way to the top!