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Published: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00Z

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Tad Friend: Adam Levine in the studio.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00Z

Adam Levine rolled into the Electric Lady recording studio on a tide of smooth. When one of his waiting handlers asked, “Do you remember me?,” he cooed, “How could I forget?” When another inquired, “You need anything?,” he purred, “Just your love.” . . .



Rebecca Mead: Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, on the campaign trail.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00Z

A few years ago, Kathryn Tucker, a film producer and app developer, was writing what she describes as “a romantic comedy about net neutrality.” She got stuck and, in what sounds like a plotline from a romantic comedy about net neutrality, sent a late-night e-mail to . . . (Subscription required.)



Mark Singer: Norman Beck, contest insurance man.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00Z

When a fellow-passenger asks Norman Beck, a more than frequent flier, what he does for a living, Beck has two standard replies. If he’s not in the mood for conversation, he says, “I’m in the claims business.” If he’s feeling chatty . . . (Subscription required.)



Emma Allen: Delivering liquor with Minibar.

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-14T04:00:00Z

On a Saturday evening ripped from the nightmares of New York City deliverymen—pelting rain, flooding—Guido Venitucci, the manager of Atlantic Cellars, a Brooklyn liquor store, packed bag after bag of bottles, to be shuttled out into the squall. Venitucci, who is from Rome and has a . . . (Subscription required.)



George Packer: The most vulnerable Iraqis.

Sun, 13 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-07-13T04:00:00Z

Ali is a self-described “agnostic Shiite” who lives in Baghdad. Karim lives in Sinjar, the badlands between Mosul and the Syrian border, in a town made up of Yazidis—believers in an ancient faith related to Zoroastrianism. Ali and Karim (they asked to be given pseudonyms . . .



Tad Friend: Bill Paxton swings for the fences.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-30T04:00:00Z

Bill Paxton keeps seeking a better vantage point. As he raced through the Museum of the City of New York—“C’mon!”—the actor grabbed his companion’s arm to point out curiosities, mimicked Alan Arkin’s put-upon growl and Richard Burton . . . (Subscription required.)



Nick Paumgarten: A tale of two book covers.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-30T04:00:00Z

Last year, Dave Bry, a writer in New York, published a book called “Public Apology,” a memoir in the form of a series of apologies to various friends, family members, strangers, and celebrities. The cover was an image of a small airplane towing a banner that read “ . . . (Subscription required.)



James Surowiecki: Why are the super-rich so angry?

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-30T04:00:00Z

The past few years have been very good to Stephen Schwarzman, the chairman and C.E.O. of the Blackstone Group, the giant private-equity firm. His industry, which relies on borrowed money, has benefitted from low interest rates, and the stock-market boom has given his firm great opportunities to cash . . .



Ian Parker: Watching the World Cup with Stromae.

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-30T04:00:00Z

The Sunday before last, Paul Van Haver, the Belgian dance-music star who, as Stromae, plays to multitudes in Europe but is largely unknown here, was in a taxi, passing through Times Square on his way to watch a World Cup soccer match between Belgium and Russia. At a red . . . (Subscription required.)



Elizabeth Kolbert: How terrorism is threatening African elephants.

Sun, 29 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-29T04:00:00Z

Satao, a bull elephant who lived in the arid plains northwest of Mombasa, had tusks so long that when he walked they nearly scraped the ground. Mark Deeble, a filmmaker who spent weeks curled up in a box by a watering hole, waiting to catch a glimpse of Satao, described . . .



Nick Paumgarten: Injured (or not) at the World Cup.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-23T04:00:00Z

For many Americans, the World Cup is a little like a family Thanksgiving: a feast of reënacted arguments that lie dormant the rest of the year. Nothing seems to annoy international fans of the futebol more than Americans’ objections to the players’ widespread practice of diving . . .



Michael Schulman: Amanda Burden sees herself in “If/Then.”

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-23T04:00:00Z

One night this spring, Amanda Burden went to see the new Broadway musical “If/Then.” She had recently returned from a “psychic healing” retreat in Arizona, having spent twelve years as Mayor Bloomberg’s director of city planning. One of Bloomberg’s aides had . . . (Subscription required.)



Lauren Collins: At home with Jane Gardam.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-23T04:00:00Z

A garden in Kent—willows, buff roses, bumblebees on a salted wind. Next door, a pair of builders stood on a scaffold, hammers prattling. “Sandwich is getting rather smart,” the writer Jane Gardam said, setting a ramekin of potato chips on an iron table. “It’ . . . (Subscription required.)



Elizabeth Kolbert: Sequencing the cockroach genome.

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-23T04:00:00Z

A lot of people are grossed out by cockroaches. They think they’re dirty and disgusting, and if they see one scuttling across the floor they reach for a can of Raid, or maybe they roll up a magazine and whack it, so that its innards spill out through . . . (Subscription required.)



Dexter Filkins: Unfinished business in Iraq.

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 04:00:00 GMT2014-06-22T04:00:00Z

President Obama won the White House in part by promising to end the war in Iraq, and since then he placed his faith in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to help him do so. It was Maliki who would hold together the state that the Americans had helped build. Obama . . .