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What's Happening: Osama bin Laden’s Bookshelf

What did the world’s most notorious terrorist read while holed up in his compound in Pakistan? As it turns out, a lot of Noam Chomsky. On Wednesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a partial list of documents found during the 2011 raid that killed bin Laden.

Conspiracy theories galore: Amid digitized copies of Foreign Policy and sermons, bin Laden also showed an interest in the Illuminati, the global banking system, and (perhaps unsurprisingly) September 11th. Titles that were particularly critical of America’s Middle East policy also made the list.

Practical information: The collection included maps and dictionaries, but also documents in which bin Laden implored al-Qaeda affiliates to stop feuding and to improve relations with surrounding communities, all in service of a greater goal: focusing on America.


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In our June issue, Daniel Smith looks at whether Pixar director Pete Docter’s new movie Inside Out could change the way viewers think about their emotions:

“The idea was just this concept I had,” Docter told me. “My initial pitch to John”—John Lasseter, Pixar’s co-founder and chief creative officer—“was, You’re in a classroom, you see a kid, and the teacher asks a question. You see the kid almost raise her hand. Then all of a sudden—whoosh!—we zip into the kid’s head, and inside are her emotions.” Her emotions vie for influence. “Optimism says, ‘Oh, we know the answer. Raise your hand!’ Fear says, ‘What’re you, nuts? They laughed at that other kid. They’re gonna mock us right out of class!’ I wanted to dramatize the struggle in making a simple decision: Should I raise my hand or not?


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