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Interview: John Pistole, TSA Chief
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
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
On His Majesty's Secret Service
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
If An Island State Vanishes
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
The Mystery Of Erica Blasberg
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
Judging Bodies In Ballet
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"
Wikileaks And Internet Freedom
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
Hashtag: The Great Comeback
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
Crime And Punishment In Russia
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
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"
Tony Judt, A.L. Kennedy, David Sedaris, Tim Judah, Graeme Wood on the
reality and romance of trains... Continue reading...
Today on FiveBooks: Mira Kirshenbaum on Relationship Therapy
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