On Mitt Romney’s top strategist—a steroid-dabbling, screenwriting bon vivant.
Thursday, August 9
Wednesday, August 8
Matthieu Aikins, on the eve of a move to Kabul. Aikins is a correspondent for GQ, Harper's and Wired.
"There's no real objective framework for deciding what the value of your life is, versus the value of a story ... Especially when you go to places where people are getting killed for the silliest reasons, and a life is worth so little, you realize you don't necessarily have to value yourself as this, like, precious commodity that can't be risked in any way. And that's just a personal choice, and it's actually a very selfish one, because obviously, if you have loved ones, you're affecting them by making that choice. In any case, it's just a different headspace that you inhabit."
June 4, 1974: the first and last 10-cent beer night in Cleveland Indians history.
On the Calorie Restriction movement, the scientifically-supported belief that the key to a very long life is to eat as little as possible.
Tuesday, August 7
An essay on televangelists and a missing mother.
Life inside a provincial Russian drug den. Originally appeared in Russky Reporter.
A tech reporter tells the story of his ruined digital life.
“What could possibly be funnier than depositing a perfectly ridiculous, obviously false, fake cheque?”
Monday, August 6
The rise and fall of Bernard von NotHaus, the creator of the most successful (and some say illegal) alternative currency in the U.S.