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October 2013 Reading List
Banksy's contribution from October 17 ( photo source ). The most interesting event of the month was not the shameful US government shutdown but British street artist Banksy's New York "residency". Entitled "Better Out Than In", Banksy's city-wide experiment...
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Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge
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In the middle of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, a tiny island may soon become an early victim of climate change. Smith Island is the last inhabited island in Maryland, a place where residents, hearty watermen who make their living catching oysters and blue crabs, still speak in the Cornish dialect of their ancestors. Many Smith Islanders can trace their ancestry back 12 generations to the English colonists who settled here in the 17th century. And ye...
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"Marville's Vanished Paris" http://feedly.com/k/18vlJGD
Charles Marville is best known for his government commission to photograph the neighborhoods of Paris slated for demolition during Baron Haussmann's reconfiguration of the city between 1853 and 1870. In fact, that is virtually all he has been known for, a matter the authors of Charles Marville: ...
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While I have been fortunate enough to travel widely, many people know that one of the countries where I've spent the most time is Morocco. As a result, the travel-related questions that family, friends, and readers of this blog ask me most frequently are "Should I visit Morocco?
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Five years ago, on her first trip to Lamu, Rebecca bought a unique ring: a curved piece of white-and-blue Chinese porcelain, not yet yellowing with age, set in silver. In August, I returned with her to the silversmith, Mbarak O. Slim, to talk about his craft while Rebecca picked over his wares.
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The country Algeria and its capital, Algiers, sound quite similar in English, but are in fact exactly the same word (الجزائر) in Arabic. Yet while every citizen of Algeria is an "Algérien", the residents of Algiers distinguish themselves with a special term—they are the "Algérois".
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Summer's over, and it's back to the grind. As a result, I read less this month than most—and wasted several valuable minutes of reading (and many brain cells) suffering through Vladimir Putin's craptastic letter to the American people. (No link—I'm sparing you.) Nonetheless, I came across a few ...
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With Kenya's growing affluence and the mayhem next door in Somalia, the attack on the mall in Nairobi was inevitable.
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Haïk Selfie - Traveler Photo Contest 2014
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A local artist claims he smashed the vase to protest the type of artists showcased at the museum.

A beginner’s guide to Franglais
www.globalpost.com

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Is this 'castaway' for real?
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'I’m not sure if I believe his story,' the Marshall Islands’ acting foreign minister said.

Aerial Perspectives by Alex MacLean – in pictures
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Taken from 5,000 feet above the earth in a Cessna aeroplane, Alex MacLean's photographs document humanity's footprint on the natural world.

Dubai's Most Wated
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What Is a Photograph? An Exhibit at the International Center of Photography
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A new exhibit at the International Center of Photography highlights photographers whose work is redefining the medium.

Syrian Opposition’s Calm at Talks Surprises as Officials Falter
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A turnabout has the exile coalition and its Western backers declaring an early, if modest, victory.

15 Awkward Moments From The Animal Kingdom
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Nature is beautiful. And sometimes awkward. Much Love - Virgin Mobile

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Culture pushes some groups to achieve. We can learn from them.

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How Prime Minister Erdogan is dismantling democracy.

Syria's heritage in ruins: before-and-after pictures
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The war in Syria has claimed more than 130,000 lives and, as these images reveal, it is also laying waste to its historic buildings and Unes

How Tradition Remade Rwanda
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The secret ingredient in Rwanda's efforts to rebuild its nation after the violence of genocide.

China’s Stadium Diplomacy in Africa
roadsandkingdoms.com

China is on a stadium-building binge in Africa. What will the glut of cookie-cutter stadia do to the African game?

Dusklands by Robin Yassin-Kassab | Critical Muslim
criticalmuslim.com

Morocco's Arabic name, 'al-Maghreb', emerges from the root gh-r-b, which denotes concepts including the west, distance, and alienation. 'Gha