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Digg: laphamsquarterly.org Stories Digg: laphamsquarterly.org Stories Digg - What the Internet is talking about right now How The Rise Of Mirrors Shaped Our Idea Of The Individual The very act of a person seeing himself in a mirror or being represented in a portrait as the center of attention encouraged him to think of himself in a different way. How I Came To Be Banned From The World’s Most Remote Island The Island Council of this half-forgotten outpost of the remaining British Empire has for the last quarter century declared me a Banned Person. I am welcome on Tristan neither today nor, indeed, as was succinctly put to me in a diplomatic telegram last year, “ever.” Smuggling Nikita Khrushchev’s Memoirs Out Of The USSR In the spring of 1970, Nikita Khrushchev posed for a series of seemingly silly photographs. A group of American editors needed the photographs as a sign to proceed with what would come to be seen as an explosive and grand act of Cold War subterfuge: the publication of Nikita Khrushchev’s memoirs, against the wishes of the Soviet leadership. The Medieval Origins Of Mass Surveillance In our modern surveillance state, it’s possible we have actually regained the comforts of being known by a higher authority — something that the modern West had largely lost, and for which we have perhaps unconsciously longed. How Satellites Are Used To Spy On Us All Beginning in the 1950s, the first series of US satellites were launched to acquire images of Soviet airfields and missile sites. Today, there are countless more in orbit. The Eggnog Riot Jefferson Davis throws a holiday rager. How The First Killer Got Off Using The 'Temporary Insanity' Defense The first successful use of the insanity plea was a high-profile murder trial that riveted antebellum America. The Gatsby Index Fitzgerald’s failure is the book dealer’s holy grail. An Intricate Map Of Authors Insulting Each Other William Faulkner once called Henry James "one of the nicest old ladies I ever met." Melville's Literary Hoax Long before "Moby Dick," Herman Melville set off on a Polynesian trip that became a famous literary hoax. Can A Fake Sickness Become A Real Illness? It is possible to follow much of medicine’s evolution through its changing reaction to feigned illness. We Buy Broken Gold Why would a wealthy diamond merchant in a three-thousand-dollar suit want to cheat me out of a hundred bucks’ worth of gold? Day Jobs Of Famous Authors Brilliant literary minds? They're just like us! The Egg Nog Riot On Christmas Eve, 1826, an out-of-control egg nog party at West Point changed the course of our nation's military. The Foreign Spell To be a foreigner is to be perpetually detached, but it is also to be continually surprised. The History Of The Sad Clown Is the condition of comic genius to be always wrestling with demons? The Art Of Dying “Alright, you know this is serious, it means you will bleed to death. If you stay home, you will die.” Making Mistakes As A Mortuary Assistant The victim of the first big mistake I ever made was a gentleman to whom I had never been properly introduced (and whose name I still do not know) but who was possessed of three singular qualities: he was alone in a room with me, he was without his trousers, and he was very, very dead. Last Meals “It’s just like putting gas in a car that don’t have no motor.” The Race To Sail Around The World Alone In 1968, a race to become the first person to sail alone, nonstop, around the world became a psychological test of wills.