Michaela Pfadenhauer (Karlsruhe): The Lord of the Loops: Observations at the Club Culture DJ-Desk. From The Exiled, one of this year’s more disturbing stories that were ignored was the illegal Army occupation of Samson, Alabama. The conventional paradigm for streets revolves around quickly moving cars from Point A to Point B; this has been the dominant thinking for at least 60 years, but it is beginning to change. A review of After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory by John Casey. The scene that smells of zine spirit: It should have died out with flexi discs and VHS, but now a new generation is embracing the DIY world of the fanzine. Forty years of Kenneth Clark's Civilisation: Western culture wasn't always considered comical or contemptible. The game that trumps all others: Alexander McCall Smith loves bridge's endless rules, carping partners and mental challenges. From Cracked, a look at the creepiest urban legends (that happen to be true); and an article on the 5 most unintentionally racist movies about racism. Nearly universal literacy is a defining characteristic of today’s modern civilization; nearly universal authorship will shape tomorrow's. A review of One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World by Gordon Hempton and John Grossman. From Vanity Fair, it sometimes seems as if Wallis Annenberg is single-handedly funding L.A.; as she takes charge of the $1.6 billion foundation created by her late media-mogul father, Walter, Bob Colacello finds the 70-year-old heiress in full bloom. A review of Russell Kirk's Eliot and His Age.

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