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Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act
By June 4, 2007

Nathan Englander disappeared for nearly a decade. In 1999, he was a promising young ex-Orthodox author with a widely-praised short story collection, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges. Then he dropped off the radar to write a book about Argentina … Read More

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Disappearing Act: Part Two

Disappearing Act: Part Two
By June 1, 2007

What was the size of the manuscript before you cut the book down? The finished book is 350 pages. I probably handed in 600 pages to my agent, but really, with the footnotes and my annotated raw notes, it was … Read More

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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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