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In the News 07.09.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 07.09.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

Photo by Eric Piasecki

How Trump Invented Trump

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Past Trump Tower’s bow-tied doorman, through a shiny revolving door, toward the 60-foot waterfall, up a dim elevator, after glass doors and smiling assistants, Donald J. Trump, chairman of the Trump Organization, sits with pictures of himself to his left, to his right, in front of, and behind him. A gun he got at an awards dinner this year in Charleston, S.C., is mounted above his desk.

Trump is three days away from his first debate with the nine other Republican presidential candidates who made the cut, the ones he’s pulverizing in polls. He’s taking a break from a campaign that, though he has no experience in government, has him zooming toward the White House. We’re talking business rather than politics—after all, that’s his central qualification for the job he’s seeking.

 

Read the rest of this article at Bloomberg

Murder on the Appalachian Trail

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It is a quiet, restorative place, this clearing high on a Pennsylvania ridge. Ferns and wildflowers carpet its floor. Sassafras and tulip trees, tall oak and hickory stand tight at its sides, their leaves hissing in breezes that sweep from the valley below. Cloistered from civilization by a steep 900-foot climb over loose and jutting rock, the glade goes unseen by most everyone but a straggle of hikers on the Appalachian Trail, the 2,180-mile footpath carved into the roofs of 14 eastern states.

Those travelers have rested here for more than half a century. At the clearing’s edge stands an open-faced shelter of heavy timber, one of 260 huts built roughly a day’s walk apart on the AT’s wriggling, roller-coaster course from Maine to Georgia. It’s tall and airy and skylit, with a deep porch, two tiers of wooden bunks, and a picnic table.

Read the rest of this article at Outside

Let’s all go to Mars

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Some stories are so well known in outline that we don’t really know them at all. The headline news about the Wright brothers’ invention of powered flight is so familiar that it’s easy to think we know all about it. David McCullough’s excellent biography The Wright Brothers brings the story back to life with facts that the non-specialist either doesn’t know or has blotted out with a misplaced broad brush. Yeah yeah, we get it: the brothers were provincial tinkerers who first flew their invention at Kitty Hawk, then became world-famous. It turns out, though, that there is a lot of devil in the details.

Read the rest of this article at London Review of Books

An interview with Alex Gibney, director of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

When Alex Gibney premiered Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine at SXSW, a group of Apple employees in the audience walked out. That’s okay with him — the director behind 2005’s Enron exposé The Smartest Guys in the Room and Scientology documentaryGoing Clear isn’t known for shying away from complex topics..

Read the rest of this article at The Verge

The selling of the Krays: how two mediocre criminals created their own legend

With three new Kray films and yet more books on the way, Duncan Campbell recalls that the twins were always better at fame than crime

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In 1965, David Bailey, already Britain’s most fashionable photographer, took aportrait of the gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who looked fiercely well-groomed in suits and narrow ties. At the time, they were not the notorious gangsters they were to become, but former boxers who ran nightclubs and collected protection money from people in awe of their reputation as a two-headed fighting machine. The portrait became gangland’s Mona Lisa: copied, pirated and imitated, it was central to their image and their brand. They aspired to be as famous as Al Capone and Legs Diamond, and were gratified when one of Bailey’s pictures of them, with their brother Charles, appeared later the same year in Bailey’s Box of Pin-ups, his document of 1960s celebrity culture, alongside the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Rudolph Nureyev, Lord Snowdon and Jean Shrimpton. “Their big mistake was posing for me,” Bailey told the BBC last year. “If you’re a real gangster nobody knows who you are.”

The Krays, of course, wanted everyone to know who they were. They may have been failures as professional criminals, but by the time they were sentenced to life in prison at the age of 35, their brand was already a phenomenal success. They spent half their lives behind bars. Ronnie died aged 61 in Broadmoor in 1995, and Reggie, released very briefly from prison on compassionate grounds, in 2000. Nonetheless, all these years later, the fascination with their story remains undimmed.

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian

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