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Lawrence Christon on The Big Screen

DAVID THOMSON CONCEIVED his new book, The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies, while riding the BART train from San Francisco to Oakland. He counted how many in the crowded car were focused intently…
LENGTH: 2 minutes (562 words)

Slavery's Global Comeback

Buying and selling people into forced labor is bigger than ever. What "human trafficking" really means.Slaves pan for gold in Accra, Ghana. Many have children with them as they wade in water poisoned…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 19, 2012
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4091 words)

Keith Richard: The Rolling Stone Interview

Keith Richards on the cover of Rolling Stone Keith plays in a rock & roll band. Anita is a movie star queen. They curre
PUBLISHED: Aug. 19, 1971
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2772 words)

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A life in exile: how it feels to be a refugee

Lanier Lovely, 18 Displaced by the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, pictured with her son Lovinsky, in Port-au-Prince 'I don’t feel safe in the camp.' Photograph: Andrew McConnell/IRC/Panos I was in the…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 14, 2012
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2929 words)

The world's deadliest road

Crash: a head-on smash between two trucjs on the Dhaka to Sylhet highway. Photograph: Richard Wix for the Observer We saw the bus before we saw the rickshaw. Abandoned on the side of the road, its…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 9, 2012
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2352 words)

The Long Good-Bye

Fifty years ago this month, striking printers shut down seven New York City newspapers. The strike would last for 114 days and helped to kill four of those newspapers. “This was an absolutely…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 30, 2012
LENGTH: 23 minutes (5834 words)

Writing Without a A Mattress: On Louise Glück

I first read the poems of Louise Glück in 1966. They were very early poems, and I was very young, having brought out but one issue of the quarterly magazine I had launched with a few friends…
PUBLISHED: Nov. 20, 2012
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4192 words)


Illustration by Jeanne Detallante.
PUBLISHED: Dec. 3, 2012
LENGTH: 3 minutes (922 words)