With a couple of themes worth of stories in the bank — including writing by Ted Scheinman, John Clive, Darragh McCausland and others — we’re mulling over some ideas for where to take The Racket from here.
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You’ve made the difficult choice to flee your homeland. Perhaps your ancestors backed the wrong horse in a centuries-old religious split, or the blood-curdling whir of hovering death-robots was getting you down. Maybe you wanted to avoid selling your children to a criminal gang threatening to destroy your only source of food or water. But [...]
Pitbull, AKA Mr. Worldwide, a husky-voiced rapper from Florida, will almost certainly be sent packing to Kodiak, Alaska come Sunday, as a result of a botched social media marketing campaign.
The ancient Greeks hit on some very clever and durable ideas in their time. Democracy was a particularly good one. Euclidian geometry has also come in handy, as, to a lesser extent, has philosophy. It’s probably reasonable enough to say that they invented Western civilization. Some of their innovations, however, never really made it past [...]
A month in exile
Listen to the author read this story or download the audio version here: Simon Moore ambles up to the police officers to tell them he is about to commit an offence. “I just want to let you know that I have an ASBO, and I am going to be breaking it,” he informs the two [...]
Travelling for work, Saman Arbabi has passed over Iran at 30,000 feet several times recently, his head pressed longingly against the airplane window, picking out the cities and towns. Down there in his homeland, legions of fans would recognise the 38 year old from Parazit, the Persian language satirical news show he created in 2008 [...]
Listen to the author read this story or download the audio version here: The following is a transcript of the talk delivered by Irish authorpreneur Larry Ryan at a recent TED event in Edinburgh. Hey there TEDsters. Let me tell you a story. When I was nine years old my best friend was Kenneth Kenny. He [...]
Listen to the author read this story or download the audio version here: I slide the Hezbollah card into my wallet, between the business cards that I haven’t cleared out since leaving my banking job earlier in the year: ‘True Capital’, ‘Monumental Capital’, ‘Trust Capital’ and now, lodged uncomfortably between them, a Hezbollah Press Relations [...]
“Park it,” he says, a note of flinty exasperation seeping into his delivery. “Park it, and we’ll come back to it. We’re obviously not going to get it perfect tonight.”