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Tales of a Fourth Grade Suicide Bomber

Tales of a Fourth Grade Suicide Bomber
By May 9, 2007

Suspicious of his oversized clothes and nervous movement, Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint ordered Hussam Abdu to stop and lift his hands. “I don’t know how to get this off,” Abdu shouted, tugging at the explosive belt around his waist. … Read More

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Hollywood’s Other Ari

Hollywood’s Other Ari
By March 20, 2007

At the 79th annual Academy Awards, along with Scorsese, Mirren and Whitaker stood a fresh-faced newcomer Ari Sandel, accepting the statue for Best Live Action Short Film for his musical West Bank Story. The sing-songy paean to Arab-Israeli relations was … Read More

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Brainwashing’s Nemesis

Brainwashing’s Nemesis
By February 22, 2007

“I’m ready to disbelieve you” would be a good motto for the Egon of Cult Busters, Rick Ross.You’ll notice his name in bold on most any Page Six item about Britney’s red bracelet fad or TomKat’s natal nuttiness.   As … Read More

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The Whiz Kid of Warfare

The Whiz Kid of Warfare
By February 8, 2007

Name: Noah Shachtman Age: 35 Site: defensetech.org Noah Shachtman is where grunt meets geek. As the editor of the hugely popular military blog Defense Tech, he writes daily about the tools and techniques of modern warfare. According to one anonymous … Read More

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A Blacklist The Left Could Use

A Blacklist The Left Could Use
By February 1, 2007

If Joy Division and Sisters of Mercy had a kid, it would sound like Interpol. If they had another, more promising child with a likely trajectory into grad school, that little bugger would be called Blacklist. Fronted by Josh Strawn, … Read More

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Hide the Salome

Hide the Salome
By January 16, 2007

Demure yet outspoken, Molly Crabapple seems like a heroine out of Nabokov: perched on the fault-line between the Belle Époque and the postmodern, comfortable with Symbolist poetry as she is with the demimonde of the skin trade. Art or ardor: … Read More

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How Daniel Mendelsohn Remembers the Holocaust

How Daniel Mendelsohn Remembers the Holocaust
By January 11, 2007

Daniel Mendelsohn's resemblance to his great-uncle Shmiel, who died in the Holocaust, is so stark that young Daniel could make his relatives weep just by walking into a room. Should it come as a surprise that this writer is so … Read More

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Ultimate Fighting’s Norman Mailer

Ultimate Fighting’s Norman Mailer
By December 28, 2006

It all started with the Ultimate Fighting Championships in 1993. Promoters brought together some of the baddest dudes on the planet—boxers, kickboxers, sumo wrestlers, jujitsu masters, and karate black belts—and paid them to pound each other in the balls, kick … Read More

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