Monday, August 29

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Better, Faster, Stronger

A profile of Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Workweek.

Sunday, August 28

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The Rapist Says He's Sorry

A profile of a serial sex offender:

This is a story about how hard it is to be good—or, rather, how hard it is to be good once you’ve been bad; how hard it is to be fixed once you’ve been broken; how hard it is to be straight once you’ve been bent. It is about a scary man who is trying very hard not to be scary anymore and yet who still manages to scare not only the people who have good reason to be afraid of him but even occasionally himself. It is about sex, and how little we know about its mysteries; about the human heart, and how futilely we have responded—with silence, with therapy, with the law and even with the sacred Constitution—to its dark challenge. It is about what happens when we, as a society, no longer trust our futile responses and admit that we have no idea what to do with a guy like Mitchell Gaff.

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The Genius Who Lives Downstairs

Excerpted from the author’s biography of mathematician Simon Phillips Norton.

Saturday, August 27

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High Explosive for Everyone

Madrid, 1937:

Then for a moment it stops. An old woman, with a shawl over her shoulders, holding a terrified thin little boy by the hand, runs out into the square. You know what she is thinking: she is thinking she must get the child home, you are always safer in your own place, with the things you know. Somehow you do not believe you can get killed when you are sitting in your own parlor, you never think that. She is in the middle of the square when the next one comes.
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Night-Shifting for the Hip Fleet

A look at the artists and writers who drive for a New York cab company. The story that inspired Taxi.

Friday, August 26

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Tell: An Intimate History of Gay Men in the Military

As “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” comes to an end, a conversation with gay servicemen past and present.

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The Case of Sacco And Vanzetti

Analysis of the trial from future Supreme Court justice.

Thursday, August 25

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Angel So Fly

An oral history of Aaliyah.

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The Fierce Intimacy of Tennis Rivalries

When the greatest players in the world go head-to-head, things can get downright angsty.

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The She Decade

Adapted from a new biography of Jane Fonda.

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Life After Death

How is Canada’s “post-AIDS” generation coping? Not that well.

[I]n some ways we are still hopelessly lost. A generation of men who could have been our mentors was decimated. The only thing we learned from observing them was to ruthlessly identify “AIDS face,” that skeletal appearance the early HIV drugs wrought on patients by wasting away their bodily tissues. But those faces grow more rare each day.

Wednesday, August 24

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A Fearless Media Critic

"Here is what Jack Shafer is," says Erik Wemple, who blogs about the media for washingtonpost.com. "Obviously, very talented, tremendously original and highly informed. But more important, he is utterly uncorrupted by friendship, money, power, anything. He is ruthless with people he doesn't know, but what is impressive is how ruthless he can be with the people he knows. He's impervious to outside influence, and it's a glorious thing to watch."