! This week: insurgents attack an air base in Afghanistan, why spending hours awake in the middle of the night might be a good thing, and making money -- literally.The Great Paper Caper (7350 words)
I'm not sure that I could describe this better than GQ's own standfirst: "Frank Bourassa became the most prolific counterfeiter in American history—a guy with more than $200 million in nearly flawless fake twenties stuffed in a garage. How he got away with it all, well, that's even crazier." I'll be frank here (hurrrrrr) -- I don't think this is fantastic journalism, but it is incredibly interesting subject matter, which is how it has earned its place in this week's post.
Article by Wells Tower: http://www.gq.com/long-form/the-great-paper-caperBroken Sleep (2400 words)
Before the advent of modern lighting, evidence suggests that most people had a two-stage sleeping pattern -- they went to bed soon after nightfall, woke in the middle of the night to think, write, or make love, then slept again. Do modern sleeping patterns now mean that we're missing out on a hidden pool of creativity? A thought-provoking piece.
Article by Karen Emslie: http://aeon.co/magazine/psychology/why-broken-sleep-is-a-golden-time-for-creativity/ Enemy Inside the Wire: The Untold Story of the Battle of Bastion (5900 words)
Yeah so I've been on a bit of a war article kick recently. This one is a great article describing a raid from a couple years back, where 15 Taliban fighters infiltrated one of the largest air bases in Afghanistan. Like the Bin Laden article from last week, this is gripping reading from an expert writer.
Article from Matthieu Aikins: http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201309/battle-of-bastion-taliban-afghanistan-air-base?printable=true
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