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Alan Turing posthumous pardon for “gross indecency”: Does it mean anything?

What do we do with the knowledge that people not all that different from ourselves have behaved with astounding stupidity and cruelty, over and over …

Sex toys and the recession: A Detroit entrepreneur who succeeded against the odds.

Detroit is two weeks away from filing for bankruptcy when Tom Nardone calls me from his car. He’s tooling around his hometown visiting abandoned …

Solo vacations: It’s the only way to travel.

“Is Peter going?” they always ask.<p>“No, he has other plans,” I reply.<p>I am a loner when it comes to vacation. To the bewilderment of some, and the …

Who Are the Twelve Greatest Living Narrative Filmmakers?

Twenty years ago, on the occasion of a retrospective of the films of Michelangelo Antonioni, the critic Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote a piece for the Chicago <i>Reader</i> that features his list of “the 12 greatest living narrative filmmakers”:<p>Not so much personal favorites as individuals who, in my estimation, …

Alex Rodriguez: What Would George Do?

After the latest developments in the saga of Alex Rodriguez—and it takes a special man matched with special circumstances to fully deserve the word “saga”—anyone who has watched the Yankees organization over the years should not be blamed for asking themselves one question: What would George …

Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine”

It’s obvious from “Blue Jasmine” that Woody Allen has been to Hell; what’s more, he imagines some of the neighborhoods there that he was spared from visiting. It’s a movie about pain and loss—and specifically, it tests the limits of the bearable, particularly among those who have never had to bear …

Welcome to Goslingland

A long ride through a dangerous world of skeletons, roller coasters, fast cars, slow talk, Bonkers candy, street crawlers, love parades, and freak shows with Ryan Gosling, the most amused man in movies<p><i>4:08 p.m.</i><p><i>Greenwich Village</i><p>First thing: Yes, Ryan Gosling will drive. It's a Corvette — red one, …

Christian Bale May Kill Someone Yet

When a rage for authenticity meets a passionate fakery meets a workingman's attitude, you get this guy. An actor of great dimension — just don't call him that. And he'll probably win some big award for his role in The Fighter, but don't dare tell him that. A funny and sometimes testy encounter with …

Chris Rock: The ESQ+A

A conversation about LeBron, Obama, the Tea Party, the Oscars, Eddie Murphy, his new play, and fear<p><i>Originally published in the March 2011 issue</i><p><i>Nick & Toni's Café, Upper West Side, lunch, December 3, 2010.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> <i>Is that your iPad?</i><p><b>CHRIS ROCK:</b> Why would you go anyplace without your iPad? This is …

Bill Murray: The ESQ+A

The actor talks about inaccessibility and freedom, commitment and fatherhood. And Wes Anderson. And citrus fruit.<p><i>Published in the June/July 2012 issue</i><p><i>Friday, early evening in the basement of Murray's house in Charleston, South Carolina. Raab got into town around noon.</i><p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Your name came up …

Patton Oswalt: The ESQ&A

The actor/comic talks about epic TV, The Return of the Jedi, the blessings of early failure, and a dirty animal joke<p><i>Published in the April 2013 issue</i><p><i>Breakfast, Olives restaurant at the W Hotel, downtown New York City.</i><p><b>PATTON OSWALT</b> [<i>To waiter</i>]: I'll get a black tea. Thank you.<p><b>SCOTT RAAB:</b> Relax. Take …

Some wisdom on how to get BuzzFeed-famous » Nieman Journalism Lab

For those whose interest has been piqued, a frequent user (who was quoted in our piece) shared some tips on how to become a big deal on BuzzFeed. The post is, of course, titled “10 BuzzFeed Hacks That Will Improve Your Community Posts.” It’s not a goofy post, though, and gets into the nitty gritty …

Rebranding of the International Herald Tribune was a digital strategy move » Nieman Journalism Lab

In its latest quarter, revenues in the company’s New York Times Media Group, which includes the New York Times and the IHT, declined 0.9 per cent to $380.7m. The group derived more than half of its revenues from circulation dollars, which grew 8.2 per cent in the quarter but failed to offset a 11.4 …

Royal Sanctimummy

<i>by Meghan Daum</i><p><i>Kate and Wills will be doing this very differently from previous generations of Royals. The two are said to be planning to break with</i> …

The Persistent Geography of Disadvantage

Tweets from a Lonely Planet

In 1972, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, a young, broke couple living in London, decided to take a yearlong trip around the world together. After following the popular so-called hippie trail through England, Asia, and Australia, they realized that there was no guide geared toward “a new breed of …

Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity

<b>Instead of telling</b> Nate Silver just to keep it, Dylan Byers, intrepid "media" reporter for <i>Tiger Beat On The Potomac,</i> gives Silver yet one more chance to hand him back his own ass.<p>(You may recall that <i>TBOTP</i> decided during the last campaign to take Silver down a peg for his uppity tendency to be right …

12 Things You Need to Know from Comic-Con

<b>This past weekend the mothership</b> of all dork conventions set down in sunny San Diego, drawing alien-loving, comic-hording dungeon masters from across the world. It also brought out a ton of celebrity star power to announce new projects, product launches, and more. We sifted through the barrage of …

No, It Really Is Them: Why It's Okay to Hate Phish

<b>Yesterday I was sent a link</b> to Stuart Henderson's impassioned defense of the jam band Phish on Huffington Post. It's a fairly well-reasoned piece that touches on all the major points Phish fans use when defending their favorite band: that they're masterful musicians possessed of an irreverent sense …

The Audacity of Bro

Have you heard about this guy Obama? Wrote a book about his brilliant but absentee father? Ran for office promising hope and change? No, no, not the leader of the free world. Not that guy. Meet Malik Obama. He's Barack's older-by-three-years brother; he's sure he can save the people of Kenya, if …

Jahar’s World

<i>Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are</i> …

Al-Qaeda

Have You Heard the One About President Joe Biden?

That's No Joke. Consider: He is the most quietly effective politician in D.C. (Don't laugh.) The "Most Influential Vice President in History." (Seriously, stop laughing.) One of our nation's most senior statesmen. (Look it up!) So why is the man who could be the next president also the butt of so …

To Steal* a Mockingbird*?

The notoriously private author Harper Lee is now waging a public courtroom battle. Her lawsuit charges that in 2007 her agent, Samuel Pinkus, duped the frail 80-year-old Lee into assigning him the copyright to her only book, To Kill a Mockingbird—then diverted royalties from the beloved 1960 …