Newsletter 176


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[2]Interview: John Pistole, TSA Chief
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James Fallows & Jeffrey Goldberg | Atlantic | 8 December 2010
  Head of America's transport security agency, 26-year FBI veteran, defends
  airport airport screening procedures, in long interview with two prominent
  critics. Most of the time he gets the best of the argument

[3]Rough Cut
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Aron Ralston | Outside | 4 November 2010
  In the film "127 Hours", James Franco plays Aron Ralston, who was trapped in
  a Utah canyon by a fallen boulder, and freed himself by cutting off his arm.
  Here, Ralston reflects on his ordeal, as life and as art

[4]On His Majesty's Secret Service
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Dominic Sandbrook | New Republic | 8 December 2010
  History of MI6 reviewed, most enjoyably. Founding director wore a false
  beard, cut off one of his own legs with a penknife. Employed Graham Greene,
  Somerset Maugham. Agents used human semen as invisible ink

[5]If An Island State Vanishes
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Charles Hanley | AP | 6 December 2010
  If rising sea levels submerge the Marshall Islands, would the displaced
  residents continue to be a nation, with a UN seat? Hard to say. No country
  has physically disappeared, at least in modern times

[6]The Mystery Of Erica Blasberg
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Alan Shipnuck | Sports Illustrated | 7 December 2010
  The  college  golf  star turned pro, the domineering father/coach, the
  unexplained relationship with a doctor. And the tragic suicide that opened a
  window on the life of young golfers on the ladies tour

[7]Judging Bodies In Ballet
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Alastair Macauley | NYT | 3 December 2010
  Is it fair for a critic to comment on a dancer's body, as distinct from his
  or her technique? Yes, says NYT critic. "If you want to make your appearance
  irrelevant to criticism, do not choose ballet as a career"

[8]Wikileaks And Internet Freedom
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Evgeny Morozov | CSM | 7 December 2010
  Excellent interview with new-media scholar, on geopolitical fallout from
  Wikileaks affair. Assange should be handled with care. He's emerging as hero
  of powerful global geek movement for Internet freedom

[9]Hashtag: The Great Comeback
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Robert Fulford | National Post | 30 November 2010
  Octothorpe—known variously as hex, hash, crunch, hashtag—was heading for
  oblivion. Now, thanks to Twitter, it's everywhere. One of the great comeback
  stories in the history of competitive punctuation

[10]Crime And Punishment In Russia
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Grigorii Golosov | OD Russia | 3 December 2010
  Amazing story. Southern Russian city terrorised for 20 years by criminal
  gang, including police, local officials, who robbed, raped, killed. Central
  government intervened only after massacre of two families

[11]Relationship Therapy
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Mira Kirshenbaum | Five Books | 8 December 2010
  Therapist recommends favourite books on getting along in a relationship.
  Great  interview.  Lots  of  tips,  lots of fun. "The average person’s
  understanding of relationships is about 100 years behind the time"

[12]Topic: Railways
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Tony  Judt, A.L. Kennedy, David Sedaris, Tim Judah, Graeme Wood on the
  reality and romance of trains... [13]Continue reading...
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[14]Today on FiveBooks: Mira Kirshenbaum on Relationship Therapy
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