Thursday, May 31

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“It’s 7:30 a.m., and already the congressman and I are covered in blood.”

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“Adaptation is one explanation of how a lot of executives stay alive. As the fish in the Silurian rivers began to develop swim bladders in order to live in shoal waters, so American executives have developed certain compensating features. The process can be observed particularly in the big cities where conditions are the most trying. Executives have developed an insensitivity to noise, an uncanny time sense (needed in commuting), and an attunement to the city’s terrifying rhythms. Instead of trying to escape the phenomenon of modern life they fling themselves at it.”

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It’s a club “filled exclusively with people who do not want to be members.”

Wednesday, May 30

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A profile of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who was sentenced to 50 years today after being convicted of committing crimes against humanity.

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On the difficult, “god-like” decisions faced by parents of transgender children.

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On the rise of DIY genetic engineering.

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A Yale student on why nearly a quarter of her classmates will end up working for Wall Street.

Tuesday, May 29

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On the escape of hundreds of insurgents from Kandahar’s Sarposa Prison through a tunnel dug from the outside, and an unlikely suspect: the jail’s former warden.

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"I turned to see Eva padding around the room, naked, dipping a small plastic wand into the bottle of bubble soap she’d bought at the market... Sometime in the far future, when I was lying on my deathbed, I said, this was the moment I wanted to remember."

On the relationship between travel and photography.

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On tour with America’s first 50-year-old rock band.