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In the News 02.05.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 02.05.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets



1. David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish

David Simon is Baltimore’s best-known chronicler of life on the hard streets. He worked for The Baltimore Sun city desk for a dozen years, wrote “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets” (1991) and with former homicide detective Ed Burns co-wrote “THE CORNER: A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF AN INNER-CITY NEIGHBORHOOD”1 (1997), which Simon adapted into an HBO miniseries. He is the creator, executive producer and head writer of the HBO television series “The Wire” (2002–2008). Simon is a member of The Marshall Project’s advisory board. He spoke with Bill Keller on Tuesday.

Read the rest of this article at The Marshall Project





2. The Untold Story of Silk Road

“The postman only rang once. Curtis Green was at home, greeting the morning with 64 ounces of Coca-Cola and powdered mini doughnuts. Fingers frosted synthetic white, he was startled to hear someone at the door. It was 11 am, and surprise visits were uncommon at his modest house in Spanish Fork, Utah, a high-desert hamlet in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains. Green ambled over, adjusting his camouflage fanny pack. At 47 his body was already failing him: He was overweight, with four herniated discs, a bum knee, and gleaming white dental implants. To get around he sometimes borrowed his wife’s pink cane. Green waddled to the door, his two Chihuahuas, Max and Sammy, following attentively.”

Read the rest of this article at Wired





3. Why India’s e-commerce boom will look nothing like China’s

“China’s e-commerce growth trajectory is often compared to India’s, based on one single factor: Internet penetration.

As things stand, the current level of internet penetration in India is the same as China’s in 2007. And, in the next five years, the number of Indians with internet access is estimated to reach the level of China back in 2012.

But India’s e-commerce boom—with a market predicted to grow from $17 billion right now to $100 billion by 2019—will be nothing like what China witnessed.”

Read the rest of this article at Quartz





4. Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show

“At 52, Stewart has the bouncy energy of a man half his age and, unlike most in the public eye, has an aversion to compliments. If I tell him I liked something about the film, he will immediately deflect the compliment and insist it was all down to Bahari, or the film’s star Gael García Bernal, or the crew. For all the claims of his detractors that Stewart is the epitome of East Coast elitism, there is more self-deprecating New Jersey grit here than arrogant Manhattan elan.”

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian





5. The Man Who Makes the World’s Funniest People Even Funnier

Some 72 hours later and 6,200 miles away, the editor Brent White was at a production facility in Burbank, Calif., guffawing as he watched footage of this exchange on a 22-inch reference monitor. White is not a particularly funny person, but he has one of Hollywood’s most finely attuned, and highly valued, senses of humor. His first comedy job came in 2000, cutting the treasured but short-lived NBC sitcom “Freaks and Geeks,” which Feig created. White’s career coincides with the rise of improvisation as a technique central to Hollywood comedy-making, and his adeptness at giving shape and rhythm to wild excesses of off-the-cuff material has put him at the front of his field. White’s résumé encompasses some of the best-loved feature comedies of the last decade, starting with “Anchorman,” in 2004, which he cut for the director Adam McKay, who subsequently hired White to edit “Talladega Nights,” “Step Brothers,” “The Other Guys” and “Anchorman 2.” Most of these films, like “Freaks and Geeks,” were produced by Judd Apatow, who, in his capacity as a director, has hired White to assemble nearly all of his features: “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” “Funny People” and “This Is 40.” Apatow could have used White for his forthcoming comedy, “Trainwreck,” but Feig, who last hired White to cut “The Heat,” swept in first and locked him up for “Spy.” As Feig put it, “Judd and I fought over who’d get Brent, and I won.

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times



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