A new issue of the American Academy of Actuaries’ Contingencies magazine is out. John Thieme (East Anglia): Reading Places: The Geography of Literature. From New York, is there life after modeling? Three top models ponder how to retire gracefully from a ruthless industry; and tyranny of yuks: Jason Zengerle on the social pressures of a comedy-obsessed generation. As a teenager Chris Crocker turned his angst into YouTube gold, most notably with a defence of Britney Spears at her lowest point — now his own rise and fall is the subject of a documentary sure to attract its share of views. Paul Berman reviews Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea. Ethan Zuckerman proposes a new unit to measure attention: The Kardashian, an objective exemplar of attention disconnected from merit, talent or reason. You're all suspects now: You are all potential terrorists; it matters not that you live in Britain, the United States, Australia or the Middle East — citizenship is effectively abolished. You’re an Indian feminist? But you don’t live in a ditch!

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