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Of Rajas and Rollers
Author: A. A. Gill
Published: Oct. 27, 2008
Length: 5 minutes (1409 words)
Unveiling the Capital City of the Future
But I already knew the numbers, more or less, before I ever got to China. The reality behind the numbers was something else. It began to register with me at the Great Wall, at Badaling. I arrived there in August 2004, my first time on the Chinese mainland. It was almost exactly four years—1,458 days, to be exact—before Beijing was scheduled to host the Summer Olympics. This meant very little to me at the time. Experts were proclaiming or warning that the world was at the dawn of a Chinese Century, and China saw the Olympics as a chance to prove the proclamations true, to demonstrate that its capital city had become a great global metropolis. Though I didn’t yet know it, I would be living through that demonstration from the inside. I would become the audience for the display of the New China and a part of the display itself—tied to Beijing by habit and blood, but still a foreign body, for China to tolerate or not.
Author: Tom Scocca
Source: PopMatters
Published: Aug. 26, 2011
Length: 18 minutes (4662 words)
The Daily Beast Picks for January 14, 2011
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Published: Jan. 14, 2012
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Length: 12 minutes (3201 words)
In China’s Shadow
At the edge of the South China Sea, the metropolis of Hong Kong flickers and glows, its iconic skyscrapers like molten columns, the bay reflecting all the cool blues and fuchsias of the city’s…
Length: 14 minutes (3620 words)
Our French Connection
There are cowboys with brown teeth and black hats in southeastern Idaho who tell you the French are just as good sons-of-bitches as you’re likely to find anywhere. They mean this as a…
Length: 61 minutes (15401 words)
The Complete History of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
If you were a kid in the 1980s or 90s, you probably spent some time reading, watching, or playing with four adolescent reptilian martial arts experts with irregular DNA. To make sure I got the scoop…
Author: Rob Lammle
Source: Mental Floss
Length: 12 minutes (3114 words)
Vanishing Voices
Tuvan The Compassion of Khoj Özeeri One morning in early fall Andrei Mongush and his parents began preparations for supper, selecting a black-faced, fat-tailed sheep from their flock and rolling…
Length: 18 minutes (4652 words)
The Rise of the Fork
Published: June 20, 2012
Length: 10 minutes (2600 words)
Money UnlimitedHow the Supreme Court dismantled campaign-finance reform—and how government missteps in the Citizens United case inadvertently aided in its undoing: "Alito wanted to push…
Length: 2 minutes (715 words)
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