|| Author McKenzie Funk

In Windfall, McKenzie Funk reports on a provocative idea: that global warming, while disastrous for any nation that can’t handle rising sea levels or droughts, may actually be good for the world’s Northern countries.

As summer approaches our lovable Toucan embarks on a journey of world-shaking import: The hunt for a new swimsuit.

|| Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street

With The Divide, Matt Taibbi—former “gonzo” journalist, according to other journalists—has produced a lucid, but pointed examination on the absurd matter of who goes to jail and who doesn’t.

|| Dave O'Brien in Louis Gasner's Reefer Madness

Since the 1970s, stoners from all walks of life have been laughing hysterically at what seemed like the worst ever in earnest anti-drug propaganda. But the history of exploitation cinema shows that the film might never have been so earnest to begin with.

The Ford Mustang was once as iconic as it was affordable—a triumph of strength over luxury. Now, celebrating its 50th anniversary with sales in decline, it’s worth wondering if the era of the zeitgeist-capturing automobile is over for good.

|| Pub-Bar El Avion in Costa Rica, and former deputy-director of the National Security Council Oliver North

The complex web of deceit that was the Iran-Contra affair is now mostly forgotten, subsumed by Ronald Reagan’s reputation as a conservative hero. But the CIA’s interference in Nicaragua is impossible to ignore, even if the remnants of it whither away.

|| Mohandas Gandhi in 1906

Ramachandra Guha’s new biography, Gandhi Before India, reveals that even saints can act like mere mortals—and how refreshing it can be to see the faults in our leaders, enlightened and otherwise.

|| Montreal Expos vs. Houston Astros at the Olympic Stadium, via Flickr user Mike Durkin

In Up, Up, & Away, author Jonah Keri recounts the history of the bygone Montreal Expos and his connection to the team. In this excerpt, Keri regales us with the tale of an epic 22-inning game, replete with a misbehaving mascot.

|| Neil deGrasse Tyson in Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

As the diplomatic Neil deGrasse Tyson knows well, scientific advancement isn’t driven by the search for knowledge but rather the pursuit of capital. Ken Kalfus’s Equilateral imagines this state of affairs as apocalyptic farce.

Behold the perfect New Year’s Checklist: Dancing (check); fireworks (check); a baggie of MDMA (check, check, and check).

|| Connecting the dots in A Beautiful Mind

Social physics is an emerging (and ominous-sounding) discipline that wants to “connect the dots” of our data—but, ideally, as a force for  good.

Two new novels—Kenneth Calhoun’s Black Moon and Karen Russell’s Sleep Donation—depict epidemics of insomnia as apocalyptic nightmares, while revealing the true value of sleep: the chance to clear our heads and define our desires.

|| Nelly Sachs' grave via Raphael Saulus

Anne Michaels’ Correspondences speaks to shared history and shared tragedy, but this fellowship is not always a welcome one.

|| Charlie Chaplin in 1918's A Dog's Life

What can Charlie Chaplin’s only novel—published in February for the first time ever—tell us about an icon whose legend has seemingly ossified?

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, a Hutu from Burundi shares his story of surviving President Paul Kagame’s alleged secret war of vengeance, one obscured by the fight to overthrow Congo dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

|| PolyU Fashion Show via Flickr user See-ming Lee

In Simon Doonan’s latest book, The Asylum, the Barney’s Creative Ambassador shares New York fashion gossip, from urine-drinking editors to amateur taxidermist photographers, and what makes for good fashion journalism: knowing the references.

|| Frank Sinatra in The Man With the Golden Arm

Bailey’s new memoir explores the limits of fraternal bonds, and how far they can stretch before the strain becomes unbearable. In this excerpt, his addicted, self-destructive brother’s stepmother wants to buy him a new car, exposing a darker side of him.

Ghalib Islam, author of Fire in the Unnameable Country, discusses growing up in Toronto’s Jane and Finch area, the “breathlessness” of his writing, and the resistance he faced when he decided not to venture into a more secure career.

Even at an early age, the enigmatic pop star was a heartbreaker.

|| Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin

The auteur behind Sexy Beast and Birth discusses his new alien tale, Under the Skin, in which he covertly filmed encounters between his star—Scarlett Johansson—and unwitting non-actors from the streets of Glasgow.

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