Tuesday, July 3

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The Perfect Compliment

Experiments in making others feel good.

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Rachel Maddow's Quiet War

An ode to the MSNBC anchor.

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The Long History of the Espresso Machine

“Good espresso depends on the fourM’sMacchina, the espresso machine; Macinazione, the proper grinding of a beans; Miscela, the coffee blend and the roast, and Mano is the skilled hand of the barista, because even with the finest beans and the most advanced equipment, the shot depends on the touch and style of the barista.”

Monday, July 2

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Mr. Anderson Cooper, Superstar

A profile from Cooper’s early days an an anchor.

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The Dweebs on the Bus

The taming of the political reporter.

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Sunday, July 1

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Beat Boutique

On the surprising radicalism of library music – “music that has been composed and recorded for commercial purposes.”

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‘It Hasn’t Been a Disaster’

An interview with Pavement’s Bob Nastanovich on his career afterlife as a “a clocker and chart-caller” and occasional breeder at an Iowa race horse track.

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Short-Fused and Explosive

A profile of Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli.

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My Life as a Bibliophile

On collecting books.

I have lived in books, for books, by and with books; in recent years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to live from books. And it was through books that I first realised there were other worlds beyond my own; first imagined what it might be like to be another person; first encountered that deeply intimate bond made when a writer's voice gets inside a reader's head.

Saturday, June 30

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Getting Away with It

How Wall Street thoroughly dominated Obama’s economic policy.