A damned shame. I didn’t agree with Michael Kelly much, but he turned into a superb editor, as anyone who’s read The Atlantic Monthly the last couple of years could tell you.
Update: Here’s what is probably Kelly’s most famous piece, about how a band of Iraqis surrendered to him during Gulf War I.
How SARS spread. Thankfully, there’s no little square labeled “crabwalk.com Global HQ” yet.
“That’s a big squid.” “Nope.” “No, seriously, that’s a giant squid.” “Nope.” “Huh? I mean, that’s a huge damned squid.”
“Nope. That’s a colossal squid.”
An important appeal for help preserving Cajun and Creole culture. Longtime readers know I’m a proud south Louisiana Cajun, and it kills me to hear about this.
Considered by musicians (including the Mamou Playboys, Zachary Richard, and Beausoleil among others) and scholars to be one of the most important audio collections in the world, hundreds of tapes in the Archive of Cajun and Creole folklore are in danger of permanent loss caused by aging and environmental damage.
The recordings were stored without climate control during three years of renovations on the University of Louisiana Dupr
SACRAMENTO — Jerry Haleva used to get a kick out of being known here as the lobbyist who moonlights as Saddam Hussein.
“What I do has always been in good fun,” he said, “but some things are no longer funny. My physical resemblance to Saddam may well be one of them.”
I’ve spent the last week learning all I can about the AIDS crisis in Zambia. (This is for a future project that may or may not happen.) Official crabwalk.com advice: If you want to be a happy person, do not spend a week learning all you can about the AIDS crisis in Zambia.
To recap: 21 percent of all Zambian adults are HIV-positive. 61 percent of Zambian teenaged girls think you get AIDS from mosquito bites or witchcraft. About 15 percent of the nation’s children are AIDS orphans. Seven percent of Zambian households are led by a child 14 or younger. Reports of rapes and sexual assaults have more than doubled in the last two years, particularly among young girls. The nation’s educational system, health system, and economy are all bordering on collapse. Average life expectancy has dropped by 11 years since 1990.
The really scary thing: Zambia’s not the worst off country in sub-Saharan Africa. In Botswana, the adult infection rate is almost 40 percent. Of the 15-year-old boys in Botswana today, between 65 and 90 percent will die of AIDS. (Take a look at Figure 7.)
I need a beer.