David Samuels reports on the world of the Hollywood of paparazzi; Ross Douthat on contemporary Hollywood's return to the 1970s; Lawrence Scott Sheets reports on uranium smuggling by small-time Russian crooks; Robert D. Kaplan on the new Calcutta; Christopher Hitchens on Ezra Pound; Virginia Postrel on the healing power of hospital decor; Clive Crook on the failure of the Kyoto Protocol; Joshua Hammer discovers an idyllic Kashmir; and much more.
How a French journalist recruited a posse of Brazilian parking attendants and pizza-delivery guys and helped create Hollywood’s most addictive entertainment product
Slideshow: David Samuels interviews Brandy and François-Regis Navarre of X17, Hollywood's biggest paparazzi agency, about a selection of recent celebrity photographs taken by X17's photographers on the streets of Los Angeles
Meet Oleg Khintsagov, a small-time hustler in Russia who can get you dried fish, furs, Turkish chandeliers … and weapons-grade uranium. He’s not the only one.
Interviews: Lawrence Scott Sheets discusses the lawlessness of the former Soviet republics and the nuclear threat no one talks about.
Why polarization is good for us
December Madness; two, three, many Iraqs?; To the moon, India!
Choking in the clutch; Hungarian xenophobes; booze and bedlam at the ball game
How Havana might change after Castro
Why even the most-dubious statistics influence our thinking
Kyoto was a sham and a failure—so how has it become a model for future anti-warming efforts?
Editor’s Choice: How the Blitz saved Britain
Through sheer force of will, Hollywood’s most infamous single mother constructed a persona seductive, repellent, and almost impossible not to watch.
An English critic decries the decline of his language—and his civilization.
A new account of Ezra Pound’s early years reveals his volatile genius—and prefigures the madness that would claim him.
Interviews: The author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake talks about her affinity for "plainness," why she avoids book reviews, and her new collection of short stories.
A guide to additional releases: the Dante club; reconsidering Lincoln-Douglas; the myth of the Delta blues
A crime-plagued mill town in Massachusetts has discovered the roots of urban renewal.
Cut to the chase; dictionary dilemmas