My Terezín Diary
On what is recorded and what is left out.
On what is recorded and what is left out.
On lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
The U.S. military prison’s leadership considered Mohamedou Salahi to be its highest-value detainee. But his guard suspected otherwise.
Did Uber steal Google’s intellectual property?
On returning to Britain, which is no longer home.
What a burgeoning movement says about science, solace, and how a theory becomes truth.
The connections he made at a 2013 pageant in Russia may have helped give him the Presidency.
A team of researchers at Columbia believe that small changes to college life could make campuses safer.
A 13-year-old girl was declared brain-dead, but her family disagreed. Her case challenges the very nature of existence.
Why are we still involved?
Tech takes over the post-Soviet nation.
The billionaire founder of Renaissance Technologies turns to science.
The film executive hired private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track actresses and journalists.
A search for common ground.
Under mysterious circumstances, two sisters are abandoned on an island.
A search for meaning through academics, cultural studies, and terrorism.
An Iraq War veteran, now a paramedic, runs into trouble.
"I rewarded the man with another hit of naloxone, which made him even more alive, even less happy. Karen was busy with the gear, and I thought for sure that the coast was clear. It wasn’t. As soon as I put the note in my pocket, I saw the boy. He stood in the doorway, watching me with a basically impassive expression. He chewed his gum. He blew a splendid bubble."
Strange beasts reenact scenes and memories from a woman's childhood.
"In the kitchen, the beast was pushing onions around in a pan. It glanced up, not minding me at all. I could hear a rustling sound just around the corner, where our kitchen table used to be, like the sound of my sister doing her homework or cutting pictures out of magazines. There was a small beast doing exactly that, holding a pair of red plastic scissors, snipping out pictures of animals. She was arranging the cutouts on the table: a cow, a giraffe, two dogs, and a bear."
Rodeo bulls and the boys who ride them.
A single mother and her children attend an Alaskan cruise ship magic show.
"The magician from Luxembourg did his tricks, which seemed more sophisticated than those of his predecessors. Maybe because they involved roses? Before him there had been merely carnations. The roses, this was a step up. Women holding roses appeared in boxes, boxes on wheels, and the man from Luxembourg turned these boxes around and around. Then he opened the boxes, and the women were not there; they were somewhere else. Behind screens! In the audience!"
A divorcee attempts to get back on his feet.
"Ira had been a married man for fifteen years, a father for eight (poor little Bekka, now rudely transported between houses in a speedy, ritualistic manner resembling a hostage drop-off), only to find himself punished for an idle little nothing, nothing, nothing flirtation with a colleague, punished with his wife’s full-blown affair and false business trips (credit-union conventions that never took place) and finally a petition for divorce mailed from a motel. Observing others go through them, he used to admire midlife crises, the courage and shamelessness and existential daring of them, but after he’d watched his own wife produce and star in a fabulous one of her own he found the sufferers of such crises not only self-indulgent but greedy and demented, and he wished them all weird unnatural deaths with various contraptions easily found in garages."
Why a decades-long string of murders near the Mexican border has gone unsolved.
On F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday, a repost from 2012:In this previously-unpublished Fitzgerald story, a saleswoman wants a cigarette, and perhaps encounters something more profound.
"Smoking meant a lot to her sometimes. She worked very hard and it had some ability to rest and relax her psychologically. She was a widow and she had no close relatives to write to in the evenings, and more than one moving picture a week hurt her eyes, so smoking had come to be an important punctuation mark in the long sentence of a day on the road."
A revolution in full-figured fashion.
On Wonder Woman’s feminist past.