Jealousy List 2013

By Bloomberg Businessweek | In this season of relentless kindness, envy is often sadly neglected. Which is why we bring you the First Annual Jealousy List, a compilation of the great pieces of journalism in 2013 that left the staff of Bloomberg Businessweek sick with resentment. Besides functioning as a very long “Bah, humbug,” it’s also a useful guide to the best work of the year by our peers at other news organizations. May they all receive a lump of coal—along with the satisfaction that comes with a job well done. - Josh Tyrangiel

The 2013 Jealousy List: The 41 Best Stories (and One Book) We Didn't Write

In this season of relentless kindness, envy is often sadly neglected. Which is why we bring you the First Annual Jealousy List, a compilation of the …

Of murder and mushrooms

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Arendt & Eichmann: The New Truth

Hannah Arendt

a film by Margarethe von Trotta

Hannah Arendt: Ihr Denken veränderte die Welt [Hannah Arendt: Her Thought Changed the World]

edited by …


The Defense of a Jewish Collaborator

The Last of the Unjust

a film directed by Claude Lanzmann

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Terezin: Il …

Adolf Hitler

Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie

Lindsay Lohan moves through the Chateau Marmont as if she owns the place, but in a debtor-prison kind of way. She’ll soon owe the hotel $46,000. Heads turn subtly as she slinks toward a table to meet a young producer and an old director. The actress’s mother, Dina Lohan, sits at the next table. Mom …

Lindsay Lohan

Harper High School, Part One

At the first day assembly, the freshman seem confused and nervous while the seniors are boisterous and confident. It's exactly the kind of first day …

Harper High School, Part Two

Principal Leonetta Sanders is worried that in the wake of a recent shooting, some of her students at Harper might be in danger of retaliatory …

Alabama's Nick Saban: The Scariest Man in College Football

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Nick Saban

Rob Ford in 'crack cocaine' video scandal | Toronto Star

A cellphone video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine is being shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the …

Who's blocking this astonishingly effective tool to fight meth labs?

State troopers clean up a meth lab found on school board property about a block from a London, Kentucky elementary school.

The first time she saw her …

Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff

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How Janet Yellen should embrace the Fed’s dissenters

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One Thursday evening last September, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Tony Blair met in New York to conduct what was supposed to be a high-minded …

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Elizabeth Warren is Hillary Clinton's Nightmare

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Jimmy Wales Is Not an Internet Billionaire

According to Wikipedia, the Tampa International Airport is a public airport six miles west of downtown Tampa, in Hillsborough County, Florida. It’s also where Jimmy Wales flies in and out of a couple times a month, in coach, to visit his 12-year-old daughter, Kira, who is named after the …


The Miner’s Daughter

Gina Rinehart is Australia’s richest—and most controversial—billionaire.

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The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed

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A Save-the-World Field Trip for Millionaire Tech Moguls

If there was one thing troubling Scott Harrison as he stood up to address a group of nearly 50, including more than a dozen Silicon Valley wunderkinds, it was the matter of the private jet.

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The Imperial Presidency

John Sexton has a vision for N.Y.U.’s future. His faculty aren’t buying it.

Last May, during final exams, John Sexton, the president of New York University, approached a pale, thin freshman leaning against the wall of Bobst Library, smoking. “What can I do to make you stop?” he asked.

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When A 10-Year-Old Kills His Nazi Father, Who’s To Blame?

Joseph Hall, an abused and neglected 10-year-old, was convicted last month of murdering his father, a neo-Nazi leader. His sentencing is scheduled for this week — but who do you punish when a child becomes a cold-blooded killer?

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