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The Frozen Ladder
Julia Gronnevet | n+1 | 3 November 2010
"You love your bunk when work's 14.5 hours a day, including mandatory
overtime taken out of sleep time." Writer recalls brutal experience of
working on Alaskan fishing vessel, and tragedy that brought it to an end
Why Does Asia Love Lafite?
Tim Atkin | Tim's Blog | 3 November 2010
After three bottles of Chateau Lafite are sold in Hong Kong for more than
$700,000, wine expert calls the top of the market. Even status symbols have
their limits, and Bordeaux tastes awful with Asian food anyway
The Perfect Stride
Jennifer Kahn | New Yorker | 1 November 2010
Controversial coach Alberto Salazar is remodeling the running style of US
athletes, right down to the way they hold their thumbs. Will having perfect
biomechanics help Americans catch the East Africans?
Investigating Texas Hold 'Em
Nick Christenson | Two Plus Two | 2 November 2010
Software developer, game theorist tries out new video poker game in Las
Vegas. It charges no rake and relies on playing better than its opponent in
order to win. So is it beatable?
The Many Lives Of Christine O'Donnell
Bradford Plumer | New Republic | 3 November 2010
Post-mortem on failed election campaign of Senate candidate for Delaware.
Sarah Palin has proved that you don't need electoral success to be a star on
the right. We haven't seen the last of Christine O'Donnell
Adam Curtis | BBC Blogs | 28 October 2010
Another atmospheric, multimedia blogpost from documentary maker behind "The
Power Of Nightmares", this time focusing on Lada cars and the rise of Boris
Berezovsky. It couldn't happen here, could it?
Them And Us
William Davies | Open Democracy | 3 November 2010
Informative, thought-provoking review of new Will Hutton book, which argues
for new model of "fairness" in society, owes much to Schumpeter when trying
to strike balance between individual and collective good
A Piece Of Their Mind
Ken MacQueen | Macleans | 2 November 2010
Four-year-old conjoined twins Tatiana and Krista share not just a skull but
part of their brains. "One will look at a toy. The other can reach across
and grab it, even though her own eyes couldn’t possibly see it"
Out Of The Park
Jane Leavy | Washingtonian | 2 November 2010
Story of the ball that Mickey Mantle hit out of Griffith Park in 1953, said
at the time to be the longest home run on record. Tracked down more than 50
years later, boy who found the ball recalls event differently
Own The Sky
Shane Harris | Washingtonian | 1 November 2010
Air refueling tankers essential for military reach, US fleet needs urgently
replacing. Gripping account of the "most controversial, politically
contentious, personally ruinous military contract in modern history"
Topic: Barack Obama
The years of disillusion. How President Barack Obama lost many of his friends,
and failed to win... Continue reading...
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