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Ben Thomas photographs Tokyo with tilt-shift technology in his book, Tiny Tokyo.

slate.com — Photographer Ben Thomas first visited Tokyo in 2008 and was completely in awe of the size and scale of it. "The culture, architecture and pop culture are on such an extreme scale. It can be scary, fun and complex at the same time," he said via email. Thomas thought it would be...

U.S. closes embassy in Libya amidst fighting.

slate.com — The State Department announced on Saturday the U.S. embassy in Libya has been shut down, and American diplomats evacuated by a military escort, as fighting intensifies in the capital. "Tripoli has been embroiled for weeks in inter-militia violence that has killed and wounded dozens on all sides," the Associated Press...
Jul 27, 2014

RT @FukuyamaFrancis: Amazing how little attention is being paid to Libya, except as a political football: slate.me/1mPYd8O

Jul 27, 2014

RT @FukuyamaFrancis: Amazing how little attention is being paid to Libya, except as a political football: slate.me/1mPYd8O

Jul 27, 2014

RT @FukuyamaFrancis: Amazing how little attention is being paid to Libya, except as a political football: slate.me/1mPYd8O

Inside the Anti-Obamacare Carnival

slate.com — The stilt walker was the first clue that something strange had come to Washington. A few long blocks from the Capitol, with the dome in full view, a colorless midsize tent was ringed by circus performers, waving and beckoning tourists into something-or-other. It was Wednesday evening, and the street traffic...
Jul 27, 2014

Weekend reading: I went to a couple of libertarian parties in DC after the #Halbig decision. slate.com/articles/news_…

Welcome to Sweden vs. Real-Life Sweden: Tacky Furniture Edition

slate.com — Welcome to Sweden is NBC's new summer sitcom starring Greg Poehler (Amy's brother) as a Midwestern accountant named Bruce who moves to Sweden to be with his girlfriend Emma, played by Josephine Bornebusch. My wife Kristine, who was born and raised in Sweden, and I thought it would be fun...

Comedians in Cars, bullying, and other highlights from his Reddit chat.

slate.com — As we've learned before, Jerry Seinfeld tends to be good for a chat with his ardent fans. His latest Reddit Ask Me Anything found the comedian answering with his trademark wit and providing some insightful tidbits on Seinfeld, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, and pickup lines. We've corralled and condensed...
Jul 27, 2014

RT @Slate: Jerry Seinfeld on what made him laugh hardest (and other highlights from his Reddit AMA): slate.me/1nHI4GT

America's love-affair with ranch dressing.

slate.com — There is a great Simpsons episode in which Homer, overcome by carbon-monoxide fumes, hallucinates that he is an Ottoman sultan. Though he is surrounded by gyrating concubines, the Simpson family patriarch is not satisfied. "I grow weary of your sexually suggestive dancing," he says. "Bring me my ranch-dressing hose!" Within...
Jul 26, 2014

ICYMI: "Ranch dressing: why do Americans love it so much?" (from 2005) slate.com/articles/arts/…

How Vladimir Putin keeps the continent weak.

slate.com — LONDON-David Cameron, the British prime minister, led the attack: It would be "unthinkable" for the British to sell a warship to Russia, he declared. Almost immediately, the French president, François Hollande, confirmed his intention to do precisely that: He would, he said, deliver a Mistral amphibious assault ship to the...
Jul 27, 2014

RT @anneapplebaum: Russia has been investing in politically connected European companies for years now. will it pay off? slate.com/articles/news_…

Jul 26, 2014

RT @mradamtaylor: "Though it sounds surprising, Germany now trades more with Poland than it does with Russia." slate.com/articles/news_…

Jul 26, 2014

"Though it sounds surprising, Germany now trades more with Poland than it does with Russia." slate.com/articles/news_…

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final lead role, A Most Wanted Man, reviewed.

slate.com — I didn't really mind that Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man had the problem, common to adaptations of John le Carré's spy novels, of focusing so intently on the subtle power machinations among its large cast of characters that the international espionage plot in which they're ostensibly embroiled remains blurry...
Jul 26, 2014

RT @Slate: Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman elevate an otherwise OK movie one last time: slate.me/1nHI21H pic.twitter.com/HOoVzABtcF

Jul 26, 2014

RT @kvox: Cant wait. @Slate: Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman Elevate an Otherwise OK Movie One Last Time slate.me/1nHk4oV pic.twitter.com/BMU4wsAkKh

Jul 25, 2014

RT @Slate: Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman Elevate an Otherwise OK Movie One Last Time slate.me/1nHk4oV pic.twitter.com/FpESKeCmU2

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