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Alan Moore: 'Every Hollywood film is a remake of a previous film… or a TV series everyone hated in the 1960s.' Photograph: Phil Fisk for the Observer Alan Moore strolls throu
The Games begin Friday. Photographer: Quick79/Flickr The Games are upon us. Sally Ride, America’s first astronaut, has died. And its been 43 years since Apollo 11 returned…
PUBLISHED: July 27, 2012
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1043 words)
Muhammad Ali won one of his most important victories the other day. It was a long time coming, almost 30 years, and it was over one of his most difficult opponents, himself -- or perh
Image: democonference It's August 2011, and Andrew Mason is agitated. He's at his desk in the middle of Groupon's wide open, call center-style office in Chicago. His headphones…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 31, 2011
LENGTH: 33 minutes (8467 words)
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PUBLISHED: Oct. 20, 2011
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4179 words)
When Grace goes looking for the Traverses’ summer house, in the Ottawa Valley, it has been many years since she was in that part of the country. And, of course, things have changed. Highway 7 now avoids towns that it used to go right through, and it goes straight in places where, as she remembers, there used to be curves. This part of the Canadian Shield has many small lakes, which most maps have no room to identify. Even when she locates Sabot Lake, or thinks she has, there seem to be too many roads leading into it from the county road, and then, when she chooses one, too many paved roads crossing it, all with names that she does not recall. In fact, there were no street names when she was here, more than forty years ago. There was no pavement, either—just one dirt road running toward the lake, then another running rather haphazardly along the lake’s edge.
Jeff Bezos is channeling Steve Jobs. It’s mid-September and the wiry billionaire founder of Amazon.com is at his brand new corporate headquarters in Seattle, in a building named “Day One South” after his conviction that 17-year-old Amazon is still in its infancy. Almost giddy with excitement, Bezos retrieves one by one the new crop of dirt-cheap Kindle e-readers—they start at $79—from a hidden perch on a chair tucked into a conference room table. When he’s done showing them off, he stands up, and, for an audience of a single journalist, announces, “Now, I’ve got one more thing to show you.” He waits a half-beat to make sure the reference to Jobs’ famous line from Apple presentations hasn’t been missed, then gives his notorious barking laugh. With that, Bezos pulls out the Kindle Fire, Amazon’s long-anticipated tablet computer—and the first credible response to the Apple iPad.
PUBLISHED: Sept. 28, 2011
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4239 words)
So, I find myself wondering, what am I going to do about the man who I think plagiarized me? Sue him? I’ve bleated to a few lawyers. Humiliate him in front of his editor? I’ve written her. Shame him? I’m writing this. My anger has the evanescence of an ephemeral stream. It dries up, then it comes gushing up in a basement two blocks away.
PUBLISHED: Aug. 20, 2011
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4670 words)