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Paris Review - Louise Erdrich, The Art of Fiction No. 208

Interviewed by Lisa Halliday<p>Issue 195, Winter 2010<p>O<p>Only one passenger train per day makes the Empire Builder journey from Chicago to Seattle, and when it stops in Fargo, North Dakota, at 3:35 in the morning, one senses how, as Louise Erdrich has written, the “earth and sky touch everywhere and …

The Power of Habit | Art of Manliness

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Our Man in Palm Beach

At 92, Joseph Dryer has survived Iwo Jima, a few revolutions, an abduction, and enough hijinks to fill a novel or two. His Palm Beach house isn't …

Paris Review - Harold Pinter, The Art of Theater No. 3

Interviewed by Larry Bensky<p>Issue 39, Fall 1966<p>Still from BBC interview with Harold Pinter, 1969.<p>Harold Pinter had recently moved into a five-story 1820 Nash house facing Regent’s Park in London. The view from the floor-through top floor where he has installed his office overlooks a duck pond and a …

Rare Superman comic discovered in wall of abandoned house in Minnesota

A rare Superman comic book that features the first appearance of the superhero has been found in the wall of an abandoned house in Minnesota.<p>It's considered the holy grail of comic books: Action Comics No. 1 from 1938, featuring the debut of Superman.<p>And David Gonzales found one mixed in with old …

Carter’s Belated Triumph

Obama’s foreign policy owes a lot to Carter’s. And this time, Americans are buying in.<p>As I listened to President Obama’s big terrorism speech …

Portia de Rossi’s New Look Spooks ‘Arrested Development’ Fans

Fans of Arrested Development couldn’t help but notice that Lindsay Bluth-Fünke looks a bit different in the latest episodes. Is it plastic surgery—or …

Learn to Love the Cadillac Tax

I'll reluctantly support a Cadillac tax, if only as a precursor to one day removing the tax exemption for employer health insurance spending. Quoth …

Finding Playful New Uses for Boring Street Infrastructure

Friday Finds 05.17.13

Amidst Ship Week (where our editors, designers, and production team hurriedly sent and shipped out our upcoming July/August issue), see what they had stumbled upon this time around. Happy Friday!<p>Diana: Weekday Carnival<p>This week, a Tumblr by Ryan Panos caught my eye for its architectural photography …