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A Tale Of Two Captains On A Tragic Journey In 'Dead Wake'

Pier 54 on the Hudson River in Manhattan is padlocked and forgotten now. Like whispers of the past, the engraved names of the shipping companies Cunard and White Star remain barely legible atop its rusted iron gate. Few of the present-day joggers and cyclists who pass by might recall that a century …

'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem

<i>The Shadow of the Crescent Moon</i> is American-educated Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto's first novel, but she already has three books to her credit: One volume of poetry, another a memoir (<i>Songs of Blood and Sword</i>, a title that seems apt, since she's the granddaughter of the executed Prime Minister …

'Publicly Shamed:' Who Needs The Pillory When We've Got Twitter?

Writer Jon Ronson has spent a lot of time tracking people who have been shamed, raked over the coals on social media for mostly minor — but sometimes major — transgressions. He writes about some of them in his new book, <i>So You've Been Publicly Shamed</i>.<p>Ronson tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that his anxiety …

Jon Ronson Has Nothing To Be Ashamed Of, But What About The Rest Of Us?

Justine Sacco. Jonah Lehrer. Mike Daisey. The names sound vaguely familiar, like an old college friend or distant relative.<p>They are, in fact, a few of the characters who populate Jon Ronson's sharp-eyed and often hilarious book, <i>So You've Been Publicly Shamed</i>. Sacco, as you might recall, is the …

Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of College Town Rapes

By his own admission, author Jon Krakauer is an obsessive guy, and his obsessions often turn into books. His best-sellers include <i>Into the Wild</i> and <i>Into Thin Air,</i> both about man's battle with nature. But his latest book is about a far more intimate struggle. The title lays it out plainly: <i>Missoula:</i> …

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Six Friends, A Pile of Cash And A Game With Deadly Consequences

I don't want to say a single thing about this book — about <i>Black Chalk,</i>the debut novel from Christopher Yates, who writes like he has 30 books behind him; like he's been doing this so long that lit games and deviltry come to him as natural as breathing.<p>I don't want to say a word. And not because I …

History Hijacks Life In 'All That Followed'

On the morning of March 11, 2004, ten bombs exploded on four commuter trains in Madrid. By the time the smoke had cleared, nearly 200 people had been killed; more than 1,800 were wounded, many gravely. It was one of the worst terrorist attacks in history; years later, several Islamists of North …

An Afghan Writer Wants To Return Home, But It Could Cost Him His Life

Qais Akbar Omar lives on the first floor of an ordinary looking house in the city of Quincy, on Boston's South Shore. But stepping inside his apartment, you're immediately transported to a different place.<p>Spread on the floors are hand-woven rugs from his family's carpet business in Kabul. One is …

The World’s Oldest, Most Beautiful Cultures Preserved Through Photographs

According to photographer Jimmy Nelson, the <i>Before They Pass Away</i> project began nearly 30 years ago when he began walking from one side of Tibet to the other. That’s when he set it upon himself to document the last of the world’s ancient tribes and peoples with his 50-year-old 4x5 film camera. …

Novak Djokovic has a great perspective on overcoming adversity during matches

He most recently beat Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final in a beautiful display of power and grace on the court.<p>Despite Djokovic's age and athletic advantage over Federer, he faced one steep disadvantage at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday: the crowd.<p>Federer, a legend and constant crowd favorite, …

Roger Federer

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

Sanders and Kennedy at Liberty, 32 Years Apart

A look at the speeches of two liberal Democrats at the same evangelical university shows how the political winds have shifted over three decades.<p>When Bernie Sanders stepped to the podium on Monday at Liberty University, he was not the most famous liberal to speak at the well-known bastion of …

Religion

The Freakishness of Christianity

What would the American culture wars look like if they were less about “values” and more about Jesus?<p>Evangelical Christianity has long had a stranglehold on how Americans imagine public faith. Vague invocations of “religion”—whether it’s “religion vs. science” or “religious freedom”—usually really …

Faith

Writing China: Rian Thum, ‘The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History’

<i>China’s far northwestern region of Xinjiang is often understood in contrast to the country as a whole. It is home to a large, mainly Muslim ethnic minority, the Uighurs (also sometimes spelled Uyghur). It is rich in natural resources. And it is increasingly troubled by terrorism and other violent</i> …

Shedding Her Skin

“The Good Wife” ’s thrilling transformation.<p>Unlike most art forms, a network TV series is always under construction. Each week, it reacts to us reacting to it, throwing out bids for higher ratings, or shoving popular couples into the spotlight, or ejecting actors caught in scandals. When it’s a …

Exclusive: CIA Falls Back in Afghanistan

The intelligence agency’s irregular forces have been key to the fight against the Taliban since 2001. Now they’re being withdrawn—just as a bloody …

Dozens die as floods engulf northern Afghan villages

<b>At least 80 people have been killed and hundreds of villagers left stranded in devastating flash floods in northern Afghanistan, officials say.</b><p>The governor of Jowzjan province warned that the number of victims was likely to rise.<p>People have been left trapped on the roofs of their homes and rescue …

Floods

Afghanistan presidential elections – live

The vote count has started in some parts of Afghanistan after polling stations closed. Reporters said there appeared to be a high turnout in the cities surveyed but it was difficult to imagine the situation in rural areas where a large proportion of Afghans live.<p>The counting of votes will continue …

Counting Down to Afghanistan’s Presidential Election (Photos)

The Decision<p>Taliban attacks have rocked the country, but on Saturday Afghans will pick their first new president since Hamid Karzai took office in …

Gunmen searched twice before entering Afghan hotel and killing nine

Security guards searched four attackers — twice — before allowing them to enter an Afghan hotel where the young men proceeded to the restaurant and killed nine diners, including two Canadians, a journalist, his wife and two children, according to chilling closed-circuit video broadcast Saturday by …

Exclusive: Pakistan Taliban agrees to ceasefire to help Afghan allies

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan have secretly agreed to focus on carrying out operations in Afghanistan, with Pakistani militants announcing a ceasefire with their government in order to preserve militant bases used to stage cross-border attacks.<p>An Afghan security …

Kabul guest house attack: Stories of survival

<b>All five men were visibly shaken. Some were bloodied from scratches. But theirs is an extraordinary story of survival after a four-hour long attack on their Kabul guest house.</b><p>"I'm amazed to be alive," one survivor kept repeating as he recounted how he hid under his bed on the third floor of the …

Day Care

Afghanistan election officials say state employees are aiding candidate

Afghan election organisers have warned president Hamid Karzai that government employees have thrown state resources behind one of the main candidates vying to replace him, a senior official said.<p>The president should fire the man responsible, who was backing the former foreign minister Zalmai …

Taliban suicide squad attacks foreigners in Kabul guest house

Afghan girl killed as gunmen storm building in latest attack on capital just a week before presidential elections<p>A Taliban suicide squad attacked a guest house used by an American charity in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday afternoon, detonating a car bomb before launching a ferocious …

The Day the Taliban Took Kabul

The road to Kabul as seen from a window in Darulaman Palace. Photo by Lisi Raskin, 2013.<p>The day before the Taliban took Kabul, I was on the back of …

Burning Sky over Paris

Strawberry Farming for 500 Afghan Women

This project will help 500 women in rural Afghanistan develop farm enterprises focused on strawberry production. Strawberry farming is relatively new …

Farming