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The Top 10 Messaging Apps by User Base and Revenue

A new report from Forrester Research gives marketers an interesting perspective on the quick growth of messaging apps in the past year. Whether or …

BMW Goes for a Spin on the World’s Most Insane Racetrack: An Aircraft Carrier

It's one thing to drive at breakneck speeds around a barren salt flat or abandoned airport, but the pucker factor goes up a few notches when you're …

The Camorra Never Sleeps

For years before they caught him, the Italian police had no idea that Paolo Di Lauro was one of Naples’s most powerful crime bosses, running a drug and counterfeit-goods empire—and responsible for a peace his turf had rarely known. Now authorities may long for the days when he was in charge.<p>The …

Blackwater Manager Reportedly Threatened State Department Investigator With Death

It’s a scene that sounds like it was written for a corny TV show about war. A State Department investigator in Iraq meets with the in-theater head of an extremely powerful private contractor that has been awarded over a billion dollars in government dollars. The investigator suggests some changes …

This Week in Review: Questions on Facebook’s experiment, and a knockout blow to Aereo

Plus: Verdicts in the News Corp. phone hacking scandal, jailed journalists in Egypt, and the rest of the news about the news from the past fortnight.<p><b>This week’s essential reads</b>: The key pieces from the past couple of weeks are Sebastian Deterding on the ethics of Facebook’s experiment, the Columbia …

Close Talkers and Double Dippers: 15 Phrases 'Seinfeld' Spawned

<i>Seinfeld</i>'s pilot episode aired 25 years ago, on July 5th, 1989, yet it continues to be the most influential sitcom in TV history — not only for …

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Heil Hipster: The Young Neo-Nazis Trying to Put a Stylish Face on Hate

It's a rainy Sunday evening in May, in the town of Weiden, in northeastern Bavaria, and Patrick Schroeder, whom the German press has dubbed the …

What Politicos Are Reading This Summer

32 heavy hitters tell us what they’re taking to the beach.<p>Summer vacation is underway, and many of us are off to sunnier climes. We asked dozens of political types to tell us what kind of brain food they’ll be taking along for the ride—and what they recommend to the rest of us.<p>***<p><b>Condoleezza Rice</b>,</i> …

Longtime Wenner Media Execs Quit

On the eve of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, longtime Wenner Media executive John Gruber has resigned, according to sources familiar with the …

Australia has probably broken the law, but it will get away scot-free

The Royal Australian Navy has reportedly intercepted two boats carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers on the high seas. It is further reported that …

The Rise of the DIY Abortion in Texas

A pill that revolutionized reproductive rights in Latin America is now gaining ground on the black market in South Texas.<p>The Alamo flea market sits right off South Texas’s lengthy Highway 83, a sprawling, dusty, labyrinth of a place. Under canopies in the converted parking lot, vendors in dark …

The conservative crusade against the ABC

<i>It’s such an ABC discussion to end with a discussion about “Lou Reed”. This, you know, heroin addict and transgressional. So ABC … What about Dvořák?</i> …

How to Write Fat Books: Walter Benjamin’s Principles of the Weighty Tome

<i>“The author is cheating the reader as soon as he writes for the sake of filling up paper,”</i> 19th-century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer admonished in contemplating the ethics of authorship. A century and a half later, Susan Sontag opined that true literature “is actually just this little tiny …

Paris Review - Michael Frayn, The Art of Theater No. 15

Interviewed by Shusha Guppy<p>Issue 168, Winter 2003<p>Michael Frayn works in an office around the corner from his house in north London. It is an apartment on a modern block, light and airy. His quiet study overlooks a communal park, an old canal that has been drained and planted with trees and shrubs. …

Celebrating FOIA on Independence Day

On July 4, 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson surprised even some of his closest aides by signing the Freedom of Information Act. Johnson was said to have hated the “government-information bill”; he questioned the motives of the Democrat who was its chief architect, and was so disturbed by its passage that …