Monday, August 4

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“It’s the American view that everything has to keep climbing: productivity, profits, even comedy. No time for reflection. No time to contract before another expansion. No time to grow up. No time to fuck up. No time to learn from your mistakes. But that notion goes against nature, which is cyclical.”

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What U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul has seen in Russia since he arrived two and a half years ago.

Sunday, August 3

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The Estonia was carrying 989 passengers when it sank in 30-foot seas on its way across the Baltic in September 1994. More than 850 lost their lives. The ones who survived acted quickly and remained calm.

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A profile of celebrity cat Lil BUB and the man who was contemplating bankruptcy before he found her.

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Barack Obama on Africa, Putin and the gap between what CEOs tell him over lunch and what they tell their lobbyists.

Saturday, August 2

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How an honors student became a hired killer.

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An excerpt from Murakami's forthcoming novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

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Hunting people who hunt elephants.

Friday, August 1

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How Gary Gygax, a semi-employed shoe repairman, built and lost the Dungeons & Dragons empire.

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A profoundly neglected 6-year-old gets a new home.

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On Singapore’s attempt to create a more harmonious society using mass surveillance and data analysis.