With Argo’s Golden Globe wins last night, today is a good day to read the Josh Bearman story that inspired the movie!
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Episode 17: Joshua Davis
Joshua Davis, contributing editor at Wired and author of the new ebook John McAfee’s Last Stand, interviewed by Aaron Lammer.
“This is a pretty unique situation [for me]. Never has a multimillionaire tech pioneer gone on the lam for a murder and called me from hiding. Yeah, this is a first.”
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Episode 7: Gideon Lewis-Kraus
Gideon Lewis Kraus, author of A Sense of Direction, interviewed by Aaron Lammer.
“My best friend, who is a fiction writer, she once said to me that she saw a lot of the things I was doing as ‘wring tenderness from absurdity.’ That wouldn’t have occurred to me to put it that way, but that does seem to me [what] I like to do…. I am someone who can very easily be dismissive, or even contemptuous. And one of the things I like about reporting a story, particularly reporting a story that is ultimately, counterintuitively, positive, is that it gives me a chance to work through that, and be the more tender, sympathetic person that I would like to be in real life.”
Excited to see this movie, which is based on a Wired article written by Baghdad Country Club author Joshuah Bearman.
Tom Carson reviews Argo, Ben Affleck’s take on the 1979 Iran hostage crisis:
It’s a safe bet that Ben Affleck, who directed and stars in Argo, didn’t conceive the movie as a salute to American-Canadian relations. But seeing it on my first day here in ever-lovely Toronto added an extra bounce to this nifty and suspenseful blend of Carter-era grit and La-La-Land uproariousness, since Argo does feature a heroic Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber) who successfully hid a half-dozen understandably rattled U.S. embassy employees inside his Teheran official residence, during the 1979 hostage crisis.