I met photographer David Leeson a few years ago when we were speaking at the same photojournalism workshop in Omaha. It was like finding a long lost brother, so many things did we have in common. We shared the same obsessive compulsive immersive behaviors, the inability to stop or slow down, and as the conversation flowed over a couple of days we weren’t ever filling each other in on anything we didn’t already know about. Since then, Leeson went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the invasion of Iraq. We haven’t spoken since Omaha.

Here’s the interview: Fayrouz in Beaumont

From the New York Times:

Years after 2 Afghans died, abuse case falters

“The President of the United States doesn’t know what the rules are! The secretary of defense doesn’t know what the rules are. But the government expects this Pfc. to know what the rules are?”

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Gallery of winning images from the most prestigious photojournalism competition in the world. A must-see.

Artist – Alex Gross

Bruce Sterling on the Sony rootkit scandal

World’s smallest videogames (playable on web)

Pancake Mountain coming to DVD – children’s show featuring appearances by Henry Rollins, Anti-Flag, etc.

Anti-Authority Section:

Pillar’s critique is one of the most severe indictments of White House actions by a former Bush official

Vice President Cheney authorized Libby to leak classified information

NYT:

White House knew of Levee’s Failure on Night of Storm
Ex-Cheney Aide testified leak was ordered

Drug runners gun down journalists in Mexico

Arrested Development, “should have been popular”

Though it won’t be published for another eight months, you’ve got to check out the preview to photographer Andrew Faulkner’s book, Midnight Train to Warsaw.

Studs and Spikes

Aerial photographs of Mexico City

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

Hamas ready to talk to Israel, won’t renounce violence

Swindle Issue #5 out

day19.com – Jeremy and Claire Weiss Photography

NYT:

Bush appointee out at NASA

Gizmondo is dead, long live Gizmondo
Photos – Gotham Girls Roller Derby

Contest for Cartoons Mocking the Holocause Announced in Tehran

West sees Islamic Protests as sign of deep gulf

Startling Lesson in the Power of Imagery

Berlin’s Gestapo HQ – Topography of Terror

Republican who oversees NSA calls for wiretap inquiry

Photo:

Burma nights, Rangoon Lights, photos by John Stanmeyer

Still photographer on the set of Munich

Inside the walls with Mara Salvatrucha, Luis Sinco

Nancy Kaszerman on shooting The Red Carpet

Alec Soth’s Niagara (different than previous mention)

Other:

Former Green Beret blogging from Iraq…

…His blog (by the way, the Pulitzer is only award to work appearing in a US newspaper)

People who cut themselves will now be given clean blades in UK

Gay Witchhunt in Cameroon

Four now dead protesting cartoons

Latest edition of the North Star Chronicles, polygamist newsletter from Canada (PDF)

MP3’s of the People’s Temple Choir, now you can listen to the sounds of Jonestown

Alternative considerations of Jonestown, People’s Temple

NYT:

Company, by  Max Barry

Travel story on Sarajevo

Al Qaeda’s Jamal Ahmed al-Badawi escapes Yemeni jail in 460 foot tunnel

Ethnic fracturing in Iraq

Polygamous Temple appears to be completed

FBI Raids Polygamists

PhotoMechanic out, universal binary

Adobe PDF on pro-app support for intel macs
Washington Post cartoon of armless, legless soldier

Reaction to above cartoon

French editor fired over Muhammed cartoon

“Shocking” Utah TV news report on the fleshpit MySpace

Not shocking report that the Serbian army helped hide Ratko

Jason from RKL dead

Artist- Andy Kehoe

Artist- Gus Finkelstein

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

MagnumPhotos- Niger Slave Trade by Stuart Franklin

MagnumPhotos- Paris Haute Couture by Christopher Anderson

MagnumPhotos- Niagra by Alec Soth

MagnumPhotos- Nepal’s Maoist Rebellion by Jonas Bendiksen

NYT:

Evangelical film actor is actually gay

More European papers print Muhammed cartoon

Used videogames market

David Pogue on digital photography

Carlotta Gall on Pakistan’s quake victims in winter

Singles vs. Albums

Profile of writer from My Name is Earl

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