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Archive: Aug 2013

Weekly Review

A poison-gas attack in Syria, a verdict in the Manning trial, and wing-walker Flame Brewer

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Relationship #5

"Relationship #5," a photograph by Nikolay Bakharev, whose work was featured in the Readings section of our September 2013 issue. On view in July at Julie Saul Gallery in New York…

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Pages from William T. Vollmann’s FBI File

“The FBI operative in New Haven who wrote my forensic profile possessed some talent with words and turned his phrases with apparent pleasure.”

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On Rand Paul’s War on the War on Drugs

How the junior senator from Kentucky motivated the Obama Administration to forgo mandatory minimum sentences

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Occupied by The Newsroom

On inspiring (probably, maybe) a Newsroom plot arc

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Introducing the September 2013 Issue

The case against Algebra II, the FBI’s file on William T. Vollmann, and our new Washington correspondent 

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Willam T. Vollmann Was Suspected of Being the Unabomber

The author obtains his FBI file and discovers a case largely based on literary criticism

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America by the Yard

From Baghdad to the Menard County Fair

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On the Trouble with Farmed Shrimp

The Mexican government announces a state of emergency following a mass shrimp die-off in the Sea of Cortez

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Andrew Cockburn on the Failure and Ferocity of America’s Sanctions Programs

“We ‘squeeze, and then squeeze some more’ with no end in sight.”

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Weekly Review

“We are cautious,” said General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, “about every drop of Egyptian blood.”

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Nicholson Baker Argues that Algebra II Shouldn’t Be a Required Course

“Life’s prerequisites are courtesy and kindness, the times tables, fractions, percentages, ratios, reading, writing, some history — the rest is gravy, really.”

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Food Cart, Cairo, November 2011

Food cart, Cairo, November 2011, a painting by Rebecca Bird, whose work was featured in the Readings section of our September 2013 issue. Bird's work will be on view next year…

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Anatomy of an Al Qaeda “Conference Call”

Dubious sources feed national-security reporter Eli Lake a fraudulent story for political purposes — once again

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Thomas the Tank Engine

The foolish free-trade sophistry of Thomas Friedman

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Four Steps Toward Guilt-free Seafood

What can we do to address the collapsing global fishery?

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The Director as Dream Figure

Revisiting Richard Linklater's Waking Life

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Storm Over Field, Lake Pointsett, South Dakota, 2010

"Storm Over Field, Lake Pointsett, South Dakota, 2010," a photograph by Mitch Dobrowner, whose work was featured in the Readings section of our August 2013 issue. Dobrowner's new monograph Storms will be published next…

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Weekly Review

The U.S. government responds to an alleged terrorist plot, Ramadan ends in violence in parts of the Muslim world, and Swedish men guard their testicles from pacu fish

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Obama’s Snowden Dilemma

How will the Obama Administration handle Edward Snowden’s case in the long term?

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Oil and Water: Extracting Petroleum, Exterminating Nature

“Oil and Water: Extracting Petroleum, Exterminating Nature,” by Jakob Rosenzweig (cartography) and Jacqueline Bishop (artwork). This map was produced for Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, co-edited by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca…

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The Faraway Nearby and Unfathomable City

Rebecca Solnit on how personal stories can fail to satisfy, the architectural space of the book, and the pleasures with which the landscapes of our lives are salted

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Untitled #4 (Flux series)

"Untitled #4 (Flux series)," a photograph by Karine Laval, whose work was featured in the Readings section of our August 2013 issue. An exhibition of Laval's work was on view in May…

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Weekly Review

Zimbabwe re-elects Robert Mugabe, a fatwa against croissants, and a lemonade-stand robbery at BB-gunpoint

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0232

"0232," a photograph from Linda Fregni Nagler's series The Hidden Mother, which was featured in the Readings section of our August 2013 issue. All 997 daguerreotypes, tintypes, and albumen prints that…

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Byzantium: Stories

Ben Stroud on getting to know a character, the balance between research and imagination, and the writer’s desire for recognition

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