The author tracked down “the other” Alan – Alan Z. Feuer – for a story last year. After the other Alan’s death, however, the author learns the truth about the society man’s humble past.
Sunday, April 22
Office culture in Paris held that it was each person's responsibility, upon arrival, to visit other people's desks and wish them good morning, and often kiss each person once on each cheek, depending on the parties' personal relationship, genders, and respective positions in the corporate hierarchy. Then you moved on to the next desk. Not everyone did it, but those who did not were noticed and remarked upon.
Saturday, April 21
On spending six months on the southern coast of Argentina with the “Jane Goodall of penguins” and several hundred of her research subjects.
On office chairs.
In the 1950s and '60s, the distinctions between rank found blunt expression in chair design, naming and price point; Knoll, for example, produced "Executive," "Advanced Management," and "Basic Operational" chairs in the late 1970s. Recall the archetypal scenes where the boss, back to the door, protected by an exaggerated, double-spine headrest, slowly swivels around to meet the eyes of his waiting subordinate, impotent in a stationary four-legger.
Friday, April 20
Controversy over the alleged gold standard of forensic evidence.
Inside the investigation that broke the biggest case of insider trading in history.
How a scandal involving sex, money and a Wiccan coven brought down yogi John Friend.
Scientists quarrel about the fate of animals living in the 1,600 square mile exclusion zone.
Thursday, April 19
Collusion, sabotage, violence—inside Montreal’s no-holds-barred snow removal racket.
On the possibility of “fluid intelligence.”