April 2008

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.

Features

Shooting Britney

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

The Return of the Paranoid Style

How the Iraq War and George W. Bush sent the movie industry back to its favorite era—the 1970s [Web only: Video: "Hollywood's Vietnam Moment"]

A Smuggler’s Story

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.

Oh! Kolkata!

Calcutta has been renamed. Now, with investment on the rise, tech companies moving in, and a growing middle class, can it be reborn? [Web only: Slideshow: "The Streets of Kolkata"]

Agenda

The Case for Partisanship

Why polarization is good for us

Calendar

December Madness; two, three, many Iraqs?; To the moon, India!

Primary Sources

Choking in the clutch; Hungarian xenophobes; booze and bedlam at the ball game

Bay of Capitalist Pigs

How Havana might change after Castro

Body Counting

Why even the most-dubious statistics influence our thinking

Sins of Emission

Kyoto was a sham and a failure—so how has it become a model for future anti-warming efforts?

Books

Black Saturday

Editor’s Choice: How the Blitz saved Britain

‘I Am Joan Crawford’

Through sheer force of will, Hollywood’s most infamous single mother constructed a persona seductive, repellent, and almost impossible not to watch.

Keeping a Civil Tongue

An English critic decries the decline of his language—and his civilization.

A Revolutionary Simpleton

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.

Cover to Cover

A guide to additional releases: the Dante club; reconsidering Lincoln-Douglas; the myth of the Delta blues

Paradise Regained?

Kashmir tries to reclaim its once-celebrated tranquility. [Web only: Slideshow: "'Only Kashmir'"]

A Papaya Grows in Holyoke

A crime-plagued mill town in Massachusetts has discovered the roots of urban renewal.

The Art of Healing

How better aesthetics in hospitals can make for happier—and healthier—patients [Web only: Slideshow: "Wellness by Design"]

Word Court

Cut to the chase; dictionary dilemmas


Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

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