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After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all – then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor. By Naomi Klein<p>There have been times in my reporting from disaster zones when …

New Orleans

The ear training guide for audio producers

Rob Byers • January 31, 2017<p>ShareTweet<p>More on Audio<br>• Subscribe to Audio<p>(Suharu Ogawa for NPR)<p>Ear training, the practice of learning how to recognize certain sounds, is a must for audio producers. We need to be able to spot problems and identify them to before they impact quality or snowball into …

Paul Auster: ‘I'm going to speak out as often as I can, otherwise I can't live with myself'

When Paul Auster was 14, a boy just inches away from him was struck by lightning and killed. “It’s something I’ve never got over,” he tells me. He was at summer camp: “there we were, nearly 20 of us caught in an electric storm in the woods. Someone said we should get to a clearing, and we had to …

Literature

Giving Up the Ghost

Ihad expected an austere, sanatorium-like atmosphere, with staff in crisp lab coats, the walls plastered with rules and bumper sticker–type slogans:</i> …

Escape from Jonestown

<i>Julia Scheeres</i> <i>|</i> A Thousand Lives <i>| 26 minutes (6,304 words)</i><p><i>For our latest Longreads Exclusive, we’re proud to share Julia Scheeres’ adaptation of her</i> …

Trump Confirms That He Just Googled Obamacare

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Speaking to reporters late Friday night, President-elect Donald Trump revealed that he had Googled Obamacare for the first time earlier in the day.<p>“I Googled it, and, I must say, I was surprised,” he said. “There was a lot in it that really made sense, to be …

Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels

They don’t seem to believe in heroes as much as their male counterparts, which in some ways makes their storytelling a better fit for the times.<p>Once upon a time, in the smoky, violent neverland of crime fiction, there were seductive creatures we called femmes fatales, hard women who lured sad men …

Books

11 basic Excel tricks that will change your life

Microsoft Excel is an amazing piece of software, and even regular users might not be getting as much out of it as they can. Improve your Excel efficiency and proficiency with these basic shortcuts and functions that absolutely everyone needs to know.<p>Of course you can move from cell to cell with …

Solid Steel Radio Show 13/5/2016 Hour 2 - Khruangbin

The madness of how Leicester turned from dreamers into dream-makers

This, perhaps, is an opportune moment to recall a line from Graham Chapman – a man born in Leicester even if his unofficial plaque, pointing out he is not the Messiah, is located outside one of his favourite drinking holes in Highgate – when he and John Cleese were writing what turned out to be the …

Soccer

Marooned Among the Polar Bears

Last July, a Russian helicopter pilot had nearly completed a record-breaking trip around the globe when he crashed into the icy waters of the Arctic Circle. He never should have survived.<p>The pounding noise shatters the ancient, eerie silence of the Davis Strait, a frigid finger of ocean separating …

Running with the Bully

Twenty-five years ago, I used to live in fear of Trevor Latham kicking my ass nearly every day. I grew up to be a writer. He grew up to run one of the toughest biker gangs in America. And then I tracked him down<p>Trevor and I were mortal enemies once. Outlaws, at each other’s throats in a Long Island …

Fight Club

Charles Manson: The Incredible Story of the Most Dangerous Man Alive

<b>Book One: Year of the Fork, Night of the Hunter</b><p><i>But the decadence of history is looking for a pawn To a nightmare of knowledge he opens up the gate A</i> …

Crime

A Loaded Gun: The Real Emily Dickinson

<i>Jerome Charyn</i> | A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century | <i>Bellevue Literary Press</i> <i></i>| <i>March 2016</i> | <i>24 minutes (6,471 words)</i><p><i>Below is an excerpt</i> …

Ossie Ardiles and the wild times of Tottenham's Famous Five

<b>SOMETIMES,</b> for better or for worse, you don’t need to actually do much to make a name for yourself. Three days on set, distilled into five and a half …

Soccer

Tottenham v Arsenal: Spurs chasing more than just a derby win - Jermaine Jenas

<b>Arsenal and Tottenham have met in a few classic cup semi-finals down the years but, in terms of league meetings, Saturday's game is perhaps the biggest north London derby ever.</b><p>I know from personal experience that it is a huge occasion anyway, but having both clubs challenging for the Premier League …

H.

There is a photo of you standing outside the house in Borough Park, grin wide, head back, laughing. Slender in faded blue jeans against the brick and …

Public Health

Umberto Eco Taught the World How to Think About Conspiracies and Fascism

The great Italian novelist passed away Friday, but his lessons on fascism, whodunits, and deep-dive erudition remain.<p>I discovered <i>The Name of the Rose</i> and <i>Foucault's Pendulum</i>, the two best-known novels of Umberto Eco, who died on Friday at the age of 84, during my junior undergraduate year. A …

‘The Flame in the Flood’ Is a Cute but Crushing Game About the End of America

The game is an arduous journey featuring starvation and exposure, but that doesn't stop it from looking really pretty.<p>Appearances can be deceptive. <i>The Flame in the Flood</i> looks cute, but spend an hour with it, and your nerves will be shredded. You're Scout, a lone wanderer with a scrawny old dog, …

People Keep Talking About 'The Establishment.' What Is It, Anyway?

If you can't figure out what the establishment is, the political philosopher Jack Black has a good definition.<p>"You don't know the man? Oh, well, he's everywhere. In the White House, down the hall," he rants in the movie School of Rock. He adds, "And there used to be a way to stick it to the man. It …

this feminist photo gallery is reclaiming cute

Ashley Armitage, the photographer behind the Instagram account @ladyist, discusses her next project, an intersectional online space showcasing the work of her friends.<p>You may recognise Seattle-based photographer Ashley Armitage as the lady behind @ladyist, a pastel-perfect Instagram account …

A Powerful Documentary About Pakistan’s Honor Killings

In their version of events, they would beat Saba Qaiser, shoot her in the head, stuff her in a bag, and drop her body into the river. Her father and uncle would do this in the middle of the night, when no one was watching, and no one would know what happened to her.<p>But that’s not how events …

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Windows Phone

Join us or die: the birth of Boko Haram

In February 2009, I was at a motor park in Maraba, a satellite of the Nigerian capital Abuja, looking for motorcyclists wearing dried vegetables on their heads. The Nigerian Police Force had recently tightened laws requiring drivers and passengers of motorcycles to wear helmets. In the case of …

Africa

The best new board games we played in 2015

From La Granja to Codenames, here are the games that hit our tables most this year.<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! …

The Nostalgic Science Fiction of “The X-Files”

I have a vivid memory of the premiere of “The X-Files.” It was September, 1993, and I was thirteen years old. That summer, I’d discovered horror movies and watched “The Thing” and “The Silence of the Lambs”; I’d also read “Communion,” Whitley Strieber’s best-selling memoir about being abducted by …

The Killing Season

<i>This is an excerpt of "The Killing Season," a true crime Kindle Single released this week. To read the full story, buy your copy today for just $2.99.</i><p>…

Alexander Litvinenko: the man who solved his own murder

The Millennium hotel is an unusual spot for a murder. It overlooks Grosvenor Square, and is practically next door to the heavily guarded US embassy, where, it is rumoured, the CIA has its station on the fourth floor. A statue of Franklin D Roosevelt – wearing a large cape and holding a stick – …

Russia

These Exotic Animal Photos Are Literal Eye Candy

In David Liittschwager's photos, beauty isn't in the eye of the beholder—just in the eye.<p>Science tells us that you can get kind of high by staring into another person's pupils for a long period of time, so use photographer David Liittschwager's new series on animal eyes responsibly. Shot for a …