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Best of the Moment

Faces, Places, Spaces

Adam Gopnik | New Yorker | 22 October 2012

Historians and military strategists develop new respect for geography after bungled invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan. "Our desires as nations, like our desires as individuals, are rooted in the unchanging features of our terrain" Comments (

The Girl Who Changed Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai

Shehrbano Taseer | Newsweek | 22 October 2012

"What the attack on Malala makes clear is that this is really a battle over education. A repressive mindset has been allowed to flourish in Pakistan because of the madrassa system set up by power-hungry clerics." It has to end Comments (

This Is Not A Revolution

Hussein Agha & Robert Malley | NYRB | 19 October 2012

"Was the last century an aberrant deviation from the Arab world's inherent Islamic trajectory? Is today's Islamist rebirth a fleeting, anomalous throwback to a long-outmoded past? Which is the detour, which is the natural path?" Comments (

Thomas Quick: The Swedish Serial Killer Who Never Was

Elizabeth Day | Observer | 20 October 2012

In the 1990s, Thomas Quick confessed to more than 30 murders, making him Sweden's most notorious serial killer. In many cases his confession was the only evidence. And now he says those confessions were fake. Here, he explains why Comments (

My 6,128 Favorite Books

Joe Queenan | WSJ | 21 October 2012

On a lifelong love affair with reading. "I once read 'Tortilla Flat' from cover to cover during a nine-hour Jerry Garcia guitar solo at Philadelphia's Spectrum; by the time he'd wrapped things up, I could have read 'As I Lay Dying'" Comments (

Diary: Online Dating

Emily Witt | LRB | 19 October 2012

"I answered the questions indicating an interest in casual sex in the negative, but that’s fairly common for women. The more a dating site leads with signifiers of (male) sexual desire, the less likely women are to sign up for it" Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Joshua Foer on Memory

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The Fall of Lance Armstrong

Once a hero, but now the game is up. Here's how the aggressively preserved reputation of Lance Armstrong finally crumbled Read on (

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The Fortress of Solitude  by Jonathan Lethem

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Video of the Day



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Quote of the Day

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"There are Chinese restaurants everywhere, but there is no Chinese restaurant chain. The McDonald's model scales. The Chinese restaurant model spreads"

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