5.21.2010

Wired: The Mechanics of Hostage Rescue


Coming out for subscribers now and on newstands very soon: a cool look at the mechanics of rescuing hostages. When Wired asked me to do this piece for an entire package on 'how complicated things are done', I thought it had pretty long odds of ever seeing the light of day. I mean, getting special forces operators to talk shop isn't easy. But, you never know until you ask. And the worst response I ever got was "no." (And now I have U.S. Navy Special Warfare Command Public Affairs in my rolodex. Which is nice.)
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In other news, experimental startup 48HR Magazine published an excerpt of my interview with Shit My Dad Says author Justin Halpern. Support bold journalism by buying 48HR Mag Issue Zero online for $10. It's very good, and I get paid according to the mag's overall sales. Plus CBS has threatened to sue us for allegedly infringing on its "48 Hours Mystery" trademark. So the mag won't be available for long. (Lastly, the full Justin Halpern interview is at Gelf Magazine - with expert illustration from Conor Buckley.
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I'm very busy covering the gold rush on legal dope in California for a new East Bay Express column. It's called 'Legalization Nation' and it's a 'Most Popular' read every day, plus it's getting syndicated across California. Make sure to check it out.
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Some new stuff should be out in San Francisco Magazine this week, so buy one of those too.
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Coming up: some killer stories on Synthetic Biology; the Geopolitics of World Cup 2010, Green Day: Rock Band, Slavoj Zizek's new book Living in the End Times and much, much more. I'm going to be in L.A. for E3 in early June, and NYC for my birthday in late June. Hope to see ya'll there. Thanks for listening.