Man of Extremes
James Cameron and “Avatar.”
by Dana Goodyear
This is a great issue overall and, if you have the time, I recommend also reading Chinese Barbizon: A factory town’s “art village.” by Peter Hessler and the simply fantastic “Procedure in Plain Air” by Jonathan Lethem.
Life in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
by Jon Lee Anderson
Take the two minutes to read the laugh out loud Shouts and Murmurs “Spousal Support”
by Zev Borow.
Annals of Science
A Life of Its Own
The future of synthetic biology.
by Michael Specter
I was also completely delighted by the Susan Orlean piece “The It Bird: The chicken makes a comeback” and its accompanying video.
“The Lower River”
by Paul Theroux
People’s choice winner for the issue went to “The Lower River” with honorable mentions going to “Easy Cocktails from the Cursing Mommy” by Ian Frazier and “Zoo York: Times Square vs. the High Line.” by Lauren Collins.
Trial by Fire
Did Texas execute an innocent man?
by David Grann
There’s also a brief video on the role of flashover in the fire investigation and Lime Street experiment.
The Bryan twins and doubles tennis.
by Burkhard Bilger
This week’s Shouts and Murmur, “For Immediate Release” by Paul Simms, is a great read if you’re short on time.
Max at Sea
by Dave Eggers
It’s also worthwhile to read Dave Eggers thoughts on the piece.