Hernando Zuleta (Rosario) and Maria Draganova (AUBG): The Sadness of Bulgaria. James Michael Goodwin (Maryland): The Anal Voice. From The Awl, Jane Hu on a complete history of gerbiling so far. From TNR, Jed Perl on the curse of Warholism. Elizabeth Day on Thomas Quick, the Swedish serial killer who never was. A review of Think-Tanks, Social Democracy and Social Policy by Hartwig Pautz. Matt Taibbi on one interesting thing about Paula Broadwell's Petraeus biography. Sheelah Kolhatkar and Diane Brady on Jack Welch's unretirement. Disconnected port: Britta Soderqvist on recycling Gothenburg's maritime heritage. Sweden's waste-fueled power grid is so efficient it's run out of fuel; there's cash to be made importing rubbish — and a chance for organised crime to muscle in. Learning to love volatility: In a world that constantly throws big, unexpected events our way, we must learn to benefit from disorder, writes Nassim Nicholas Taleb. David Runciman reviews Antifragile: How to Live in a World We Don't Understand by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Ah yes, another Bigfoot story — and they get picked up by mainstream media.

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