Articles from the past week you might have missed and deserve your attention after the jump.
Air & Space magazine magazine has a fascinating article about a 727 airline that vanished from Angola in 2003.
Daily Mail claims that the pilot of missing Flight MH370 was a political fanatic. This comes as police are investigating the possibility that he hijacked his own aircraft in a bizarre political protest.
OK, so we all think Flight 727 was hijacked, but just in case that gets disproven, New York magazine has other theories ranging from mechanical failure to alien abduction.
Kitty Genovese, whose 1964 rape and murder was witnessed by 37 bystanders who DID NOTHING, became a symbol about the unravelling of society, racial fears, and the lack of care exhibited by city dwellers for their neighbors. Now Off the Grid reports that Kitty was a lesbian. Did that have something to do with her neighbors’ responses (or lack thereof)?
The New York Times writes about the growing transgender presence in pop culture, talking to icons-in-the-making Laverne Cox, Janet Mock and wowlebrity Zachary Drucker.
Has the tv-star-to-movie-star career trajectory become outmoded? Vulture thinks so.
Why Mel Gibson deserves a second chance: Deadline pleads his case.
Salon has an expose on how to behave at an orgy.
10 famous geniuses and their drugs of choice, also at Salon.
One man’s mission to name an island after Busta Rhymes in Slate.
LAST WEEK’S LONGER READS:
What the hell happend to Jay McInerney? Slate examines the ’80s literary superstar’s unrealized potential.
Finally, someone details the difference between Death Metal and Black Metal.
The Independent examines the culture of rape in men’s prisons.
Semen allergies, broken penises, and spontaneous orgasms: Salon has six weird consequences of sex they don’t teach you in sex ed.
The New York Times Style section has a breathless investigation into the return of the monocle as the fashion accessory du jour for hipsters.
Slate has a bit of fun with Beyond the Monocle: Five Ideas for Future New York Times Hipster Trend Pieces including ruffs, powdered wigs, and plague doctor masks. Which, of course, I was wearing before they were cool.
The Guardian has grim news for authors: Not even award-winning best-selling authors are making money in publishing anymore.
Nightclubbing 101: An oral history of New York’s Pyramid Club as told by the trailblazing drag queens and performance artists who performed there.
Is belly dancing racist? Salon decrees it so.
The New Yorker has a humorous piece about 59-year-olds who look down their noses on 56-year-olds. Insolent pups!
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The inimitable Cindy Adams predicts tonight’s Oscars, as only Cindy can.
Who thanks who at the Oscars (No surprise: Meryl gets thanked more than God)
The Guardian has a piece imploring Academy voters not to give the Oscar to the documentary The Act of Killing (in which Indonesia’s political mass-murderers restage their slaughters).
The brilliant Douglas Rushkoff writes in Politico: “How Technology Killed the Future”
Slate has the 19 most common questions a trans person is asked.
The Atlantic has a fascinating interview with trans activist and memoirist Janet Mock.
New York magazine asserts the latest sartorial rage among hipsters is Normcore: the dad-brand non-style you might have once associated with Jerry Seinfeld.
Riveting stuff: Furniture shopping habits of the rich and famous at Salon.
Gawker profiles the adorable 101-year-old man who’s running for Congress, and really ought to win.
Fascinating article in The Economist about the controversial heroin treatment used in Switzerland and the Netherlands which sets up safe sites where users can inject while monitored by health-care staff and – in some cases – provides heroin itself free.
An investigation at Slate into the impenetrable time signature of The Terminator‘s musical score. Honestly, I wouldn’t mention it if I didn’t think it was REALLY INTERESTING.
W has a piece on venerable downtown fashion designer Andre Walker’s comeback. I still kick myself EVERY DAY for not buying some of those cookie-cutter outfits back in 1985 when I had the chance. STUPID JAMES!
The New Yorker translates what Ted Nugent was really trying to say when he called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel.”
Slate covers an exhibit at the National Museum of Australia showcasing convict love tokens – coins that had been smoothed over and then engraved with messages that prisoners gave to their sweethearts before leaving for penal colonies in Australia in the 18th and 19th century.
And finally, the Daily Beast has an update on Michael Alig and his post-prison plans.