|| Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street
| 21.04.14
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
| 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.

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| 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.
|| 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.
||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.

|| 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.
|| 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.
| 21.04.14

Boot-heel-sized
masterpiece of bottom-feeding:
there you are, at last.

I peel off wet leaves
after a long winter, find your hooks
deep in my grass.

You are a festering periwig.
You are the cutest canker.
You devour living matter

to keep your skin pink. How gross.
But it’s what I like best about you.
How you hide and grow,

sup under all that snow.
How, once you’re done,
nothing springs from that scalp of soil.... Read more

|| Nelly Sachs' grave via Raphael Saulus
| 14.04.14
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
| 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.
|| PolyU Fashion Show via Flickr user See-ming Lee
| 10.04.14
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
| 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.

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| 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.