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A Murder Foretold: Unravelling the Ultimate Political ConspiracyPolitical Conspiracyhttp://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/04/110404fa_fact_grannNew YorkerDavid GrannRodrigo Rosenberg, a highly respected corporate attorney in Guatemala, began, in the spring of 2009, to prophesy his own murder. The unraveling of a political conspiracy.Favorite NYTimes article ever.
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Absolute PowerpointPowerpointhttp://www.newyorker.com/archive/2001/05/28/010528fa_fact_parker?currentPage=allNew YorkerIan ParkerThe definitive story of a ubiquitous software. PowerPoint’s origins, its evolution, and its mind-boggling impact on corporate culture.I didn't know why I didn't like Powerpoint 'til I read this.
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Big Red SonAmazinghttp://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780316156110_ChapterExcerpt(1).htmDavid Foster Wallace's profile on the AVN awards.Amazing. DFW at his best.
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Church Is Wherever You AreMemoirhttp://www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/2012/jun/06/best-south-essay-church-wherever-you-are/David LumpkinOxford AmericanLooking for God—and my mother—on the television.Couldn't put it down.
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Complete History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesProfilehttp://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/129375Mental FlossRob LammleSee title.
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Confessions of a Used Car SalesmanInvestigative Journalismhttp://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/confessions-of-a-car-salesman.phtmlEdmundsWhat really goes on in the back rooms of car dealerships across America? What does the car salesman do when he leaves you sitting in a sales office and goes to talk with his boss? What are the tricks salespeople use to increase their profit and how can consumers protect themselves from overpaying?Changed the way I think about used car dealers.
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Did This Man Really Cut Michael Jordan?Profile/Sportshttp://cnnsi.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?&urlID=468173162&action=cpt&partnerID=289881Sports IllustratedThomas LakeOn Clifton “Pop” Herring, the then-26-year-old high school basketball coach who famously left Jordan off the varsity squad as a sophomore.GREAT profile of a fascinating, complex man.
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Finding FlowPsychologyhttp://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199707/finding-flowPsychology TodayMihaly CsikszentmihalyiAnswers the following questions: How can we live a good, or excellent, life? How can we live full, serene, useful lives where we express our uniqueness, participate fully in the complexity of the cosmos, and waste little of our time or potential?Changed the way I thought about my curriculum writing job.
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For Us Surrender Is Out of the QuestionHuman Rightshttp://www.motherjones.com/politics/2010/02/mac-mcclelland-burma-genocide-karenMother JonesMac MacClellandLiving with the crazy, fearless young men who risk life and limb to document Burma's genocideA piece by one of my favorite journalists.
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Frank Sinatra Has a ColdProfilehttp://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ1003-OCT_SINATRA_rev_EsquireGay TaleseRan in April 1966 and became one of the most celebrated magazine stories ever published, a pioneering example of what came to be called New Journalism -- a work of rigorously faithful fact enlivened with the kind of vivid storytelling that had previously been reserved for fiction.Classic.
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Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaksCultural Criticismhttp://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n02/slavoj-zizek/good-manners-in-the-age-of-wikileaksLondon Review of BooksSlavoj ŽižekReally smart cultural criticism re WikiLeaks.
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In My TribeSportshttp://goo.gl/rylimSports IllustratedTerry McDonnellOur sports have become more and more about money and marketing. But to most of us they're still about the stories we tell one another, the transcendent moments that lift us—the very way we define ourselvesFavorite sports article. Explains why sports are awesome.
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Infoporn: Tap Into the 12-Million-Teraflop Handheld MegacomputerTechnologyhttp://www.wired.com/special_multimedia/2008/st_infoporn_1607WiredKevin KellyExcerpt: "Never mind Web 3.0: The next stage in technological evolution is a single worldwide computer. Collectively, we are already assembling this megacomputer from our billions of Net-connected PCs, cell phones, PDAs, and the like. As an increasing number and variety of devices are lashed to one another via the Internet and other communication systems, they form the components of what we might call the One Machine."
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Is Google Making Us Stupid?Technology & the mindhttp://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/6868/#AtlanticNicholas CarrSee title.Pretty awesome. Changed the way I thought about how I read.
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Julian Assange Wants to Spill Your Corporate SecretsProfile/Controversial Topichttp://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2010/11/29/wikileaks-julian-assange-wants-to-spill-your-corporate-secrets/ForbesAndy GreenbergProfile of Julian Assange.Compelling man. Watch his TED video too.
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LessonsMemoirhttp://granta.com/lessons/GrantaJustin TorresSemi-autobiographic portrait of three brothers, their white mother and Puerto Rican father. Living in upstate New York, they deal with abuse, racism, poverty and hunger. They love one another deeply, even as they threaten to destroy each other.Some of the best memoir writing I've read in a while.
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LootersFiction/Memoirhttp://www.guernicamag.com/fiction/looters/GuernicaAlex PerezRiveting memoir on experience(s) in Miami.Wow.
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Marathon ManMystery/Profilehttp://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/08/06/120806fa_fact_singer?currentPage=allNew YorkerMark SingerThe strange case of Kip Litton, road race fraud.
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Memory LapsMemoirhttp://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/24/111024fa_fact_sedarisNew YorkerDavid SedarisHilarious. Wonderful. Sedaris.
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Open your mouth and you're deadCompetitive divinghttp://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/water-activities/Open-Your-Mouth-and-Youre-Dead.html?page=allOutsideOnline.comJames NestorA report from the freediving word championships.Riveting.
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Pocketful of DoughBribing/Tippinghttp://www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s/2000/10/pocketful?printable=trueGourmetBruce FeilerIf you walk into New York’s best restaurants without a reservation, what does it take to get a table?Such a fun, easy read. Because I don't have the guts to actually try bribing, I can live vicariously through this guy.
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Punk Rock Fight ClubViolence and male aggressionhttp://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/punk-rock-fight-club-20070823?print=trueRolling StoneMark BinelliInside the bloody brotherhood of FSU, where violence rules and wearing the wrong T-shirt just might get you killed.It's true. Interesting view into a fascinating sub-culture and an exploration of male aggression.
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Rude Ludicrous Lucrative RapHip Hop, Rap, Racehttp://www.tribemagazine.com/board/tribe-main-forum/162283-rude-ludicrous-lucrative-rap.htmlNY Review of Books Dan ChiassonReview of the Book The Anthology of Rap.Why rap is awesome.
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Schemes of My FatherMemoirhttp://www.gq.com/news-politics/mens-lives/201103/schemes-of-my-father-california-eric-puchner?printable=trueGQEric PuchnerMemories of the author’s teenage years, when his father pulled up stakes on a comfortable life in Baltimore to reinvent himself as the head of a S&L bank in Los Angeles.It's hard to give this a short intro, suffice to say that this reminded me of my dad, your dad and all dads.
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The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of ScientologyScientology, Personal Profilehttp://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/02/14/110214fa_fact_wrightNew YorkerLawrence WrightDuring his 35 years as a member of the Church of Scientology, Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis went “all the way to the top.” The story of why he left, and what happened once he did.Part profile, part expose.
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The Boy Who Played With FusionScience/Human portraithttp://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-02/boy-who-played-fusion?page=allPopular ScienceTom ClynesA profile of Taylor Wilson, who achieved nuclear fusion at age 14.Wow.
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The Case for Making it PersonalEducationhttp://www.bigpicture.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/the-case-for-making-it-personal.pdfEducational Leadership (April 2010)Ron WolkSchool reforms based on standardization and rigor have taken us in the wrong direction. To achieve meaningful change, we must redesign schools to meet the needs of individual students.Will change (or confirm) the way you think about education. Required viewing: "Waiting for Superman"--documentary.
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The Empty RoomFiction/Memoirhttp://www.theparisreview.org/fiction/6085/the-empty-room-jonathan-lethemParis ReviewJonathan LethemA story about a family and an empty room.
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The First Week of AfterLove and dyinghttp://www.missourireview.com/anthology/essays/the-first-week-of-afterThe Missouri ReviewMargaret MaloneA couple learns about a cancer diagnosis.Wow. Made me love more.
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The Malice in the Palace: an oral historySportshttp://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7612311/an-oral-history-malice-palaceGrantlandJonathan AbramsAn oral history of the scariest moment in NBA history.
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The Man Who Broke Atlantic Citynon-fiction/ current events/ sports & gaminghttp://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/04/the-man-who-broke-atlantic-city/8900/Atlantic MonthlyMark "Black Hawk Down" Bowden"Don Johnson won nearly $6 million playing blackjack in one night, single-handedly decimating the monthly revenue of Atlantic City’s Tropicana casino. Not long before that, he’d taken the Borgata for $5 million and Caesars for $4 million. Here’s how he did it."Solid article from one of the better journalists writing about popular subjects. Made me wish I were good at math. A fun/interesting read if you enjoy gambling -- or reading about someone finally sticking it to the man.
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The Movie Set That Ate Itself Profile http://www.gq.com/entertainment/movies-and-tv/201111/movie-set-that-ate-itself-dau-ilya-khrzhanovsky?printable=trueGQMichael IdovFive years ago, a relatively unknown (and unhinged) director began one of the wildest experiments in film history. Armed with total creative control, he invaded a Ukrainian city, marshaled a cast of thousands and thousands, and constructed a totalitarian society in which the cameras are always rolling and the actors never go home
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The Peekaboo ParadoxProfilehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/18/AR2006011801434.htmlWashington PostGene WeingartenThe dark secret life of The Great Zucchini, Washington D.C.’s most sought after children’s birthday party entertainer.One of my favorite profiles ever.
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TV's Crowning Moment of AwesomeProfile on man who made first perfect Price is Right bidhttp://www.esquire.com/print-this/price-is-right-perfect-bid-0810EsquireChris JonesHow a card-counting former meteorologist from Las Vegas made the first perfect Showcase bid in the 38-year history of The Price Is Right.Loved this. If you watched this show growing up as much as I did, you will to.
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Vanishing ActPrecocious Children Who Disappear as Adultshttp://www.laphamsquarterly.org/essays/vanishing-act.php?page=allLaphams QuarterlyPaul CollinsIn 1926, at the age of 12, Barbara Follett published a critically acclaimed novel. Fourteen years later, she disappeared.Haunting. Beautiful.
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What Do Homophobic Bigots Really Think? http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2012/08/anti_gay_bigotry_online_analyzing_homophobic_comments_can_disarm_the_hate_.htmlSlateJesse BeringAnti-gay bigotry: How to debunk the most revolting arguments
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Who Wants to Be a ThousandaireGameshowhttp://www.damninteresting.com/who-wants-to-be-a-thousandaire/#more-2481Damn InterestingAlan BellowsThe guy who figured out Press Your Luck.No whammies.
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Why I WriteWritinghttp://orwell.ru/library/essays/wiw/english/e_wiw?George OrwellSee author and title.So clear.
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When Brain Damage Unlocks The Genius WithinStrange But Truehttp://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-02/when-brain-damage-unlocks-genius-within?single-page-view=truePopular ScienceAdam PioreBrain damage has unleashed extraordinary talents in a small group of
otherwise ordinary individuals. Will science find a way for everyone to
tap their inner virtuoso?
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