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Long Exposure Photography

The American photographer Matthew Pillsbury leaves unknown persons invest his photographs. Working with a one-hour exposure, he gives a lived space …

The magic number

IS IT unreasonable for California’s state prisons to operate at 137.5% of their capacity? Yes, suggests Jerry Brown; unreasonably restrictive. Last …

Los Angeles

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How the “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” Invented a System for Remote-Controlling Torpedoes

In 1937, the dinner table of Fritz Mandl — an arms dealer who sold to both sides during the Spanish Civil War and the third richest man in Austria — entertained high-ranking Nazi officials who chatted about the newest munitions technologies. Mandl’s wife, a twenty-four-year-old former movie star, …

Manhattan, 1936. By Berenice Abbott

Berlin Unexploded Bomb Shines Light on Buried Threat

An unexploded World War II bomb discovered this week is the tip of the iceberg.<p><b>Berlin traffic ground to a halt on Wednesday after a bomb was discovered 20 feet from a train track near the city's main station. Hundreds of people were evacuated from nearby hotels and apartments, schools in the area</b> …

How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read

At first blush, a book titled <b>How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read</b> (<i>public library</i>) sounds at once sacrilegious in its proposition and wildly meta-ironic. Then again, it gets to the heart of a painfully familiar literary bind — that book about a fascinating sliver of science, written by a …