In 1948, a young Australian named Ben Carlin set out to do the impossible: circumnavigate the globe, by land and sea, in a single vehicle. With a U.S. Army-built amphibious jeep christened Half-Safe, Carlin and his wife Elinore set off across the Atlantic with dreams of fame and fortune. What happened next is one of the most bizarre adventures of the 20th century. In Half-Safe, a new release from The Atavist, author James Nestor endeavors to uncover Carlin's fate and finds a gripping story of love, danger, and extraordinary perseverance spanning three oceans and five continents.
Friday, December 21
How the pop psychedelic author helped jumpstart the modern apocalypse movement after an alleged visit from “Quetzal-coatl, a mystical bird-serpent in Mayan myths.”
On the culture of misogyny and abuse at one of the nation’s largest megachurches.
Thursday, December 20
Their partnership lasted a mere four years, but transformed comedy forever. Mike Nichols and Elaine may give their first joint interview since breaking up 51 years ago.
“I read an article a few years ago that said when you practice a sport a lot, you literally become a broadband: the nerve pathway in your brain contains a lot more information. As soon as you stop practicing, the pathway begins shrinking back down. Reading that changed my life. I used to wonder, Why am I doing these sets, getting on a stage? Don’t I know how to do this already? The answer is no. You must keep doing it. The broadband starts to narrow the moment you stop.”
A mother on her autistic child’s progression and regression.
Wednesday, December 19
How the compulsion to explore is coded in the human genome.
Eli Sanders is an associate editor at The Stranger and the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.
"There was one particular moment in the trial, which I described, where ... there was just not any human ability to be detached from what was happening in front of you, what was being shared. It was so painful, you could not help but cry, and there was no reason to deny that that moment had happened."
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The disappearance of the mysterious “Pakistani asset” that helped the CIA zero in on Bin Laden.