A new issue of Postmodern Openings is out. Paul Bowman (Cardiff): “I know kung fu!” or: When Orientalism is a Good Thing. From The New Yorker, how much can the human body take? Burkhard Bilger on the strongest man in the world. From The Awl, how much more do taxi fares cost today? Joe Weisenthal interviews Paul Krugman: “Somebody has to spend more than their income, and, for the time being, that has to be the government” (and part 2 and part 3). In search of lost food: Kate Angus on how to enjoy a pasty when you're not in North Michigan. Nate Silver on the problems with forecasting and how to get better at it. His Man in Macau: Matt Isaacs goes inside the investigation into Sheldon Adelson’s empire. From The Progressive, an interview with Billy Bragg, British folksinger and activist. Asya Pereltsvaig on border disputes over Damansky Island and the troubled relations between Russia and China. What could go wrong? Yes, let's resuscitate super-old bacteria!