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  • 16 years ago

    Check. My king is cornered, surrounded on all sides by knights and rooks and pawns. There is one way out, a diagonal move across the board, but it's only a temporary escape from the firing line. Pondering the prospects for long-term survival, I re...

  • 16 years ago | Longform

    If Hollywood were to revisit the Cold War era with a movie about an idealistic rogue inside the KGB, studio execs would probably cast a large, menacing leading man, maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone. They would want someone who fit...

  • 16 years ago | Longform

    If Hollywood were to revisit the Cold War era with a movie about an idealistic rogue inside the KGB, studio execs would probably cast a large, menacing leading man, maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone. They would want someone who fit...

  • 16 years ago

    When you write a book about fanatics, you might expect to offend a few of them, even if the book is, essentially, about flowers. In the six months since its publication, The Orchid Thief, the best-selling South Florida-based tale of plant crimes a...

  • 16 years ago

    It's a classic tale in rock 'n' roll: dreams of a record deal -- and the ensuing sex and drugs and MTV appearances -- nearly crushed by lawyers, managers, dueling labels, and other music industry vultures. For the suburban metal-punk band Crease, ...

  • 16 years ago | Longform

    By all accounts Greg Scott, a solid, 37-year-old "gym boy" with a dirty-blond tuft of hair under his lip and a stylized biohazard symbol tattooed on his midriff, should be dead. Twelve years ago, approaching graduation from nuclear-power school at...