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How The Internet Killed (Or Maybe Just Changed) Dallas' Leather Scene
Brandon Thibodeaux Hardy Haberman was in his local dungeon a couple years ago, beating a friend at a "play party," when things suddenly got weird. Wielding a soft leather flogger a thick-handled…
Author: Anna Merlan
Published: Aug. 24, 2011
Length: 3 minutes (973 words)
Libya: How They Did It
Only when I reached Suq al-Juma, Tripoli’s sprawling eastern suburb of 400,000, three days after the rebels entered the city on August 21, did I feel I was somewhere free of Muammar Qaddafi’s yoke. In contrast to the deserted, shuttered streets elsewhere in the capital, the alleyways behind its manned barricades were a hive of activity. Children played outside until after midnight. Women drove cars. The mosques broadcast takbir, the celebratory chants reserved for Eid, the end of Ramadan, that God is Great, greater even than the colonel. Replacing absent Egyptian laborers, volunteers harvested tomatoes and figs in the garden allotments.
Published: Sept. 29, 2011
Length: 7 minutes (1845 words)
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Twitter uses the t.co domain as part of a service to protect users from harmful activity, to provide value for the developer ecosystem, and as a quality signal for surfacing relevant, interesting…
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Dictatorship of the Proletariat in Gotham City | Slavoj Žižek on ‘The Dark Knight Rises’
By Slavoj Žižek. Exclusive on Boitempo’s Blog. Para a versão em português, clique aqui. Warning: the following article contains spoilers of The Dark Knight Trilogy. …
Published: Aug. 8, 2012
Length: 17 minutes (4457 words)
The Disappeared
The author, photographed in London in 1994, five years after Ayatollah Khomeini’s death sentence forced him into hiding. Photograph by Richard Avedon.
Published: Sept. 17, 2012
Length: 3 minutes (985 words)
Egypt: Whose Constitution?
Patrick Baz/Getty Images Graffiti outside Cairo's presidential palace showing the faces of Mohamed Morsi (left), former armed forces chief Field Marshal Mohammed Tantawi, and former president Hosni…
Published: Jan. 3, 2013
Length: 14 minutes (3550 words)
Predators and Robots at War
Most Americans are probably unaware, for example, that the US Air Force now trains more UAV operators each year than traditional pilots. (Indeed, the Air Force insists on referring to drones as “remotely piloted aircraft” in order to dispel any suspicions that it is moving out of the business of putting humans into the air.) As I write this, the US aerospace industry has for all practical purposes ceased research and development work on manned aircraft. All the projects now on the drawing board revolve around pilotless vehicles. Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies around the country eagerly await the moment when they can start operating their own UAVs. The Federal Aviation Administration is considering rules that will allow police departments to start using them within the next few years (perhaps as early as 2014).
Published: Sept. 20, 2011
Length: 14 minutes (3733 words)
Fixed Opinions, or The Hinge of History
Seven days after September 11, 2001, I left New York to do two weeks of book promotion, under other circumstances a predictable kind of trip. You fly into one city or another, you do half an hour on local NPR, you do a few minutes on drive-time radio, you do an “event,” a talk or a reading or an onstage discussion. You sign books, you take questions from the audience. You go back to the hotel, order a club sandwich from room service, and leave a 5 AM call with the desk, so that in the morning you can go back to the airport and fly to the next city. During the week between September 11 and the Wednesday morning when I went to Kennedy to get on the plane, none of these commonplace aspects of publishing a book seemed promising or even appropriate things to be doing. But—like most of us who were in New York that week—I was in a kind of protective coma, sleepwalking through a schedule made when planning had still seemed possible. #Sept11
Author: Joan Didion
Published: Jan. 16, 2003
Length: 24 minutes (6235 words)
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