Jonathan Vankin

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  • 13 years ago | Longform

    Last July, a court ordered the wildly popular online file-sharing service Napster to remove from its server every single file that violated a copyright. Because almost all of those files were music tracks that users had ”ripped“ from CDs...

  • 14 years ago | Longform

    Stan Lee is the originator of the idea that possessing superpowers can really suck. The typical comic book of the 1950s was a brightly colored affair in which a cheerful hero, endowed with extramortal powers, merrily dueled an improbable ray-gun-w...

  • 14 years ago | Longform

    In the early days of punk, about a quarter-century ago, bands realized that they didn’t need major record labels. Wanted them, maybe. Coveted their attention. But needed them? Not anymore. The self-pressed or small-label single — promote...

  • 15 years ago | Tech

    Illustration by John Ueland As airline accidents go, the dramatic July 25 flameout of an Air France Aerospatiale BAe Concorde 101 wasn’t all that bad. Really. The death tally of 114 (109 onboard, five on the ground) doesn’t even rank the...

  • 15 years ago | Books

    In the early 1960s, legendary Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax was so much better than everyone else that other pitchers said he must have “come down from a higher league.” But Koufax’s supreme talent was matched only by his modesty. To ...

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