Articles of Note

On Susan Sontag's hard drive: lists of the best dry white wines, an article on the ?low carb craze,' music by Edith Piaf, and a folder labeled ?Word Hoard?... more »

New Books

Tight-lipped or open-mouthed, smirk or simper, a smile can excite sympathy or incur wrath. In 18th-century France, it conveyed the essence of character.... more »

Essays & Opinions

Great collections are idiosyncratic. Take the Wellcome: Jeremy Bentham's skin, Napoleon's toothbrush, Florence Nightingale's moccasins... more »