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Painting by Numbers – NYTimes.com

I am an artist, and a colleague recently asked me to make her a painting. It will be an arduous process, and I’m charging her my usual freelance rate. In the next few months I must give a wedding gift to the same colleague, who is not a close friend. …

African entrepreneurs: Parallel players | The Economist

Why many of Africa’s budding businessfolk are jacks-of-all-trades ONE of the many terms Silicon Valley has bequeathed to the business world is “serial entrepreneur”, a label for those restless souls who start one business after another. Perhaps Africa can now contribute another expression: the “parallel entrepreneur”. More than in any …

Very, Very Bizarre Men’s Underwear Ads

Yes, the bent-over man has his head inside the pants — through the fly — of the standing man. I rarely, truly, admire any advertising these days. It’s why I got out of the industry to start professionally blasting the shit out of the shit I see. But these ads, …

Baltic activists parade for gay, lesbian rights

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Several hundred activists from the Baltic states and neighboring countries braved rain and hail to participate in an annual parade in defense of gay and lesbian rights in Latvia. The march took place in a commercial district in downtown Riga, Latvia’s capital, amid heavy police presence. …

When Manly Men Wore Questionable Slacks

The 1960s-70s h.i.s ads are classic. Before becoming an actor, Nick Nolte modeled for them. (His ad, plus four others, inside.) The “Anti-Establishment Post-Grad Slacks” O Brother. “Our Post-Grad Slacks have soul.” Look at his expression; looks like he’s ready to punch a hole in the wall the second the …

‘Havana Requiem’ is a legal thriller with spice

“Havana Requiem: a Legal Thriller” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Paul Goldstein: Attorney and novelist Paul Goldstein manages the enviable feat of writing a compelling legal thriller without ever putting his characters in the less-than-thrilling venue of a courtroom. Instead, the action in “Havana Requiem” takes place in Cuba’s capital …