“The world before the railways appeared so very different from what came afterward and from what we know today because the railways did more than just facilitate travel and thereby change the way the world was seen and depicted. They transformed the very landscape itself.”
Monday, January 3
Sunday, January 2
“In 2000, Zimbabwe’s dictator began kicking white farmers off their land. One man decided to stay.”
Friday, December 31
A ragtag band of pirate-Jihadists grab Americans from a diving resort in the Phillipines and lead them on an odyssey through the jungles of an archipelago with the competing interests of the Phillipines’ Navy and Army, the U.S. Military, and the C.I.A. thwarting their rescue.
How Zion, Ill., a fundamentalist Christian settlement with a population of 6,250, created one of the most popular stations in the country during the early days of radio.
Colombian traffickers have a new smuggling method of choice: specially designed submarines capable of carrying 10 tons of cocaine and covering 2,000 miles without refueling.
Thursday, December 30
On the evolution of Nigeria’s booming film industry, which produces 50 full-length features a week.
The fever-dream life and death of Chinese poet Gu Cheng.
Inside Office 39, a state-run counterfeiting operation designed to keep Kim Jong-il flush.
Wednesday, December 29
The author of True Grit on growing up in Arkansas during World War II.
In 2003, a man robbed a bank with a bomb around his neck. It exploded shortly thereafter, taking his life and leaving authorities to piece together who had put it there.
Tuesday, December 28
Walter Benjamin, mp3s, and what collecting says about us.