Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

Jon Rosen visits the pygmy Mbuti people of northeastern Congo, on Roads & Kingdoms

Steve Danning analyses the fall of Michael Porter’s MonitorGroup consultancy, in Forbes

Julia Phillips takes part in a dog sled race in Siberia, in The Morning News

David Runciman reviews Nassim Taleb’s latest book in The Guardian

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Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

Joshua Foer learns a language in 22 hours in The Guardian

Stephen Faris on cyberwar in Syria in Businessweek

Carl Hoffman profiles Elon Musk of Tesla Motors and SpaceX in The Smithsonian

James Crabtree on the social responsibility of India’s new billionaire class in The Financial Times Magazine

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Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

William Langewiesche in Vanity Fair on what it’s like to serve in the French Foreign Legion

Misha Glenny on attempts at community policing in Rio’s favelas in The Financial Times Magazine

In Boston Magazine, Patrick Doyle on becoming a priest in Boston amid the sex abuse scandal

Cynthia Gorney reports from post-Fidel Cuba in National Geographic

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Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

Sarah Maslin on cheap thrills in Queens in The New York Times

Shane Bauer on solitary confinement on Mother Jones

Evan Osnos on corruption in China in The New Yorker

Tom Sleigh reports from a Somali refugee camp in Nairobi in The Virginia Review Quarterly

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Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

Patrick Symmers on Argentine football violence in Outside

David Wise on the CIA burglar who went rogue in The Smithsonian Magazine

In Scientific American, Morgen Peck on the state of Bitcoin, the alternative currency, three years after its inception

Peter Frase on how design will get disrupted by 3-D printing in The Jacobin Magazine

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Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

Alison Fearbrother on fixing the Atlantic Ocean’s fish ecosystem in the Washington Monthly

John Seabrook on South Korean pop music’s global influence in The New Yorker

In The London Review of Books, Tom Carver on Kim Philby’s time in Beirut. Kilby wrote for The Economist, freelanced for the British secret service, drank heavily, ran off with a friend’s wife and kept a pet fox

Suzanne Koven interviews Dr Neil Barnard on The Rumpus; Barnard makes a case for veganism

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Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

Jill Lepore on the invention of political consulting in the New Yorker

Robert Draper on gerrymandering in The Atlantic

John Sullivan travels to Cuba in The New York Times Magazine

Sam Bidle on the economics behind internet cam girl business on Gizmodo

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Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

Devin Friedman parties at the Las Vegas superclub Marquee in GQ: “Would you like bottle service at one of our dance-floor tables? That’ll be another $10,000. How about a 30-liter bottle of champagne to share with a dozen women you’ve never met? $250,000. How about we get Kim Kardashian to come? $100,000.”

Robert Kolker in New York Magazine on the zero-sum education arms race
forcing students to cheat on tests


In Vanity Fair, an excerpt from Randal Stross’s new book on Y Combinator, a tech startup incubator headed by Paul Graham

Peter Pomerantsev visits the Russian community in New York’s Brighton Beach in The London Review of Books

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Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

The Economist on the financial clout of the American Catholic Church

An unpublished 1979 interview of Brian Eno by Lester Bangs

John Sullivan profiles the Williams sisters in The New York Times Magazine

Richard Juzwiak on the etiquette of disclosing one’s sexual health on Gawker

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Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

Alexandr Osang on the overhyped cult of Usain Bolt in Der Spiegel

Troy Patterson tries to quit smoking in Slate

In The New Republic, Evgeny Morozov on the vacuous self-promoters exploiting the TED brand

Malcolm Gladwell on long-distance running and endurance in The New Yorker

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Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

Kurt Eichenwald on Microsoft’s lost decade in Vanity Fair

Paul Barret on the comeback of Karl Rove in Businessweek

In El Pais, Guillermo Abril on a Spanish village which has for years siphoned off millions of euros in subsidies for phantom projects and employed its 500 inhabitants in no-show jobs

Edit Zimmerman on how The Cosmopolitan magazine has conquered the world, in The New York Times Magazine

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Magazine Rack | selected longer reads for the weekend

On The Morning News, Jessica Kane interviews her mother about what it was like to be a secretary at the Playboy offices in 1960s New York


Sam Alipour on sex in the Olympic village, on ESPN

In Men’s Journal, Josh Eels has a wild week in Lagos

Ferdinand Mount critiques Michael Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy in The Times Literary Supplement

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Magazine Rack | CIA v KGB, The Shard, Romney’s accounts & razing Palestine

CIA veteran Milton Bearden remembers his KGB nemesis in Foreign Policy

Simon Jenkins doesn’t like The Shard, in The Guardian

Nicholas Shaxson on Mitt Romney’s offshore accounts, in Vanity Fair

In The New York Review of Books, David Shulman on razing Palestinian villages in the West Bank

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Magazine Rack | pulling out of Afghanistan, against the death penalty, a Ponzi schemer & a porn star

Dexter Filkins on what will happen to Afghanistan when the US leaves, in The New Yorker

Julie Bindel argues against the death penalty in Standpoint 

Guy Lawson tells the story of the Ponzi schemer Sam Israel in The New York Magazine

Wells Tower profiles porn star James Deen in GQ: “Deen lost his virginity at age 12 during a sleepover at a Jewish camp. Not long after, in junior high school, he made enemies of the football team by having sex with a player’s sister in the school pool during gym. He had some drug escapades in junior high. He spent a couple of years in outpatient rehab. Around age 15, he left high school and moved out and spent two years more or less homeless, hanging around with a crew of gutter punks. Relations with his parents remained reasonably cordial. They furnished him with a cell phone, and he periodically snuck into his mom’s house to do laundry.”

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Magazine Rack | Mario Balotelli, credit card theft, Hatikva

Jere Longman profiles Mario Balotelli in The New York Times

Sean Gallagher on credit card theft on Ars Technica

Martin Eiermann interviews the machine learning scientist Stephen Wolfram on The European

Differences between Israelis are exposed when considering changing the national anthem, “Hatikva”. Nathan Jeffay explains in Forward

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