Thursday, January 5

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On the Trail of an Intercontinental Killer

A little after 9 a.m. on Sept. 15, 1990, the owner of a steel-products company pulled up to her office in Vinegar Hill, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and spotted a black garbage bag sitting on the sidewalk out front. She parked her car and went to move the bag when she noticed it leaking blood. The woman called 911. Within the hour, Ken Whelan, a homicide detective from the 84th Precinct, peered into the bag. It was full of human body parts.
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Insider Baseball

Joan Didion versus the boys on the bus:

American reporters “like” covering a presidential campaign (it gets them out on the road, it has balloons, it has music, it is viewed as a big story, one that leads to the respect of one’s peers, to the Sunday shows, to lecture fees and often to Washington), which is one reason why there has developed among those who do it so arresting an enthusiasm for overlooking the contradictions inherent in reporting that which occurs only in order to be reported.

Wednesday, January 4

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The Big Russian Life of Anna Chapman, ex-spy

A profile of the Russian spy-turned-Maxim covergirl.

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The Path of the Righteous Man

A profile of Rick Santorum published early in his final campaign for the U.S. Senate, a race widely considered a stepping stone to the White House before he lost.

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Interview: Laurie Anderson

The main thing that attracts me to Buddhism is probably what attracts every artist to being an artist—that it’s a godlike thing. You are the ultimate authority. There is no other ultimate authority. Now, for some artists that’s difficult, because they want to have the art police. They want to have the critic who hands out tickets and says, “That’s too loose.”
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How Many Stephen Colberts Are There?

A suburban dad. A fictional television blowhard. And now a political money launderer. How one funny guy became three.
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Climate Change and the End of Australia

How an increase in the earth’s temperature could wipe out a continent.

Tuesday, January 3

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Hi, Society!

A profile of legendary Houston socialite Becca Cason Thrash.

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What Defines a Meme?

How information replicates, mutates, and evolves.

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King of the Cosmos

A profile of celebrity astrophysicist Neil Tyson.

Monday, January 2

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Muddy Waters and Mozart

A memory of interviewing the late great songwriter Townes Van Zandt shortly before his death.