|| Dave O'Brien in Louis Gasner's Reefer Madness
| 18.04.14
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.
| 17.04.14
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.

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|| Pub-Bar El Avion in Costa Rica, and former deputy-director of the National Security Council Oliver North
| 17.04.14
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
| 16.04.14
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
| 16.04.14
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.
||Lola Landekic
| 28.02.14

From the ongoing series Tabloid Fiction—in which an author chooses from the trashiest, most lurid, or just bizarre stories of the moment and writes a short story inspired by same. The following is a work of fiction.

|| Neil deGrasse Tyson in Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
| 16.04.14
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.
|| Connecting the dots in A Beautiful Mind
| 15.04.14
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.
| 14.04.14
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.
||Eddy Merckx
| 12.06.13
The story of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong isn’t just about the greatest doping conspiracy in sports history—it’s about the nature of corruption. In this excerpt from Braking Bad: Chasing Lance Armstrong and the Cancer of Corruption , author Richard Poplak asks what kind of man is best fit to excel at the Tour de France.
| | Christopher Drost
| 08.11.12
In many ways, Rob Ford is a study in absences. He came into office looking like a man who would galvanize the city. He promised to stage a winner-takes-all battle between city and suburb, a grand contest of ideas between socialists and conservatives. As it turned out, he wasn’t so much with the ideas. He seems forever stuck at half-a-Dale Carnegie: he can make friends, but not influence people.
| 14.04.14

In plays I have eaten the poison biscuit,
laughed in makeup at the chain of accolades.
I have been reviewed, a half-dozen times,

and not been found wanting. Nightly,
I break open as a woman and watch myself
like a man. My ascot askew and foam accruing

at the corners of my mouth. A song
is but half my work. A poem but a quarter, reasonably.
Mine Viscount says that upon the stage I am as naked

and horrific as a bald horse, my pheromones as palpable
as mulled wine. Mine Viscount is generous and odourless.
He presented me once a month’s worth of elk meat, having... Read more

|| Charlie Chaplin in 1918's A Dog's Life
| 11.04.14
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?
| 10.04.14
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.
|| Frank Sinatra in The Man With the Golden Arm
| 09.04.14
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.
| 09.04.14
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.

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|| Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin
| 08.04.14

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.