Space is only getting weirder.
Tuesday, December 31
“It’s Tuesday, it’s February, it’s my first day back at work after a week on vacation. I notice the candle in the foyer just as the whoosh of the door blows it out. They never did that for my birthday, I think as I walk past reception.”
Monday, December 30
A profile of the first and only transgender MMA fighter.
On Benjamin Murmelstein, the head of the council of elders at the Theresienstadt concentration camp.
Rethinking Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.
A bungled operation in Honduras and the enduring ineffectiveness of America’s war on drugs.
Sunday, December 29
Investigating the murky reality behind the attack in Libya.
Arriving in China at 23, Sidney Rittenberg spent 35 years as a “friend, confidante, translator, and journalist” for the Communist Party’s top leaders. In this interview, he recalls both his friendship with Chairman Mao and the 16 years he spent in solitary confinement.
Saturday, December 28
The rise and fall of the new oligarchs, who raided the Russian state. When Putin came to power most fled, but not Mikhail Khodorkovsky: “The other oligarchs, when they saw the fuzz, knew they should run. But Khodorkovsky forgot.”
Friday, December 27
“Does a talent for comedy necessitate a tragic life?”