Jan. 5, 2015 | For Gandhi, punctuality was a moral imperative. His watch, which ruled his day, stopped at 5:13 p.m. on January 30, 1948. Gandhi was dead... more »


Jan. 3, 2015 | One night in 1967, concertgoers packed a small venue in New York City. The performer, a cellist, wore a football helmet, jersey, and nothing else... more »


Jan. 2, 2015 | Philip Larkin averaged four poems a year. 'Silence is preferable to publishing rubbish,' he said, ?and far better for one's reputation?... more »


Jan. 1, 2015 | In effectively policing science, retraction is both too powerful and too mild. Errors continue to obfuscate facts... more »


Dec. 31, 2014 | For James Patterson ? 305 million books in print, 24-book contract ? writer's block is never a problem. 'I look at it the way Henry Ford would look at it?... more »


Dec. 30, 2014 | Shakespeare scholars are a fractious bunch, but when it comes to explaining his enduring appeal, the predominant answer has survived centuries of debate... more »


Dec. 29, 2014 | Francis Fukuyama, post-structuralist? As a young man, he sat at the knees of Derrida, Lacan, Barthes before concluding, 'This was total bullshit?... more »


Dec. 27, 2014 | Big brain projects ? in the U.S., Europe, Japan ? are generating loads of data but no solid theories about how neurons give rise to cognition... more »


Dec. 26, 2014 | How innovation works. It's not lone geniuses with brilliant insights, but collaboration and big ambitions... more »


Dec. 25, 2014 | Pity Santa's elves. They work all year for a jolly but demanding boss who pays a pittance ? or nothing at all ? and hogs all the credit... more »


Dec. 24, 2014 | String theory is a remarkable and beautiful idea. But after 30 years, it's still unproven. Can it really explain our universe?... more »


Dec. 23, 2014 | 'Sea change,' 'drop in the bucket,' 'give a wide berth' weren't always clichés. They entered the vocabulary as clever novelties... more »


Dec. 22, 2014 | Paul Berman has read the post-mortems for The New Republic, and he's annoyed. Yes, it was a political magazine. But it was also a singular journal of the arts... more »


Dec. 20, 2014 | The writing of history has its own history, which was indelibly shaped by the ambitious and flawed New Left historians... more »


Dec. 19, 2014 | When did the humble donkey become the ultimate fighting machine? It all began in 520 BC with King Darius I... more »


Dec. 18, 2014 | Ayn Rand on the Strip. Both Las Vegas and Objectivism offer an escape from reality. How fitting that acolytes of the turgid novelist descended on the city... more »


Dec. 17, 2014 | Wu wei, the art of trying ? but not too hard ? is central to romance, religion, politics, and business. Those ancient Chinese philosophers were on to something... more »


Dec. 16, 2014 | Collapse of The New Republic. 'If we published Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy, the only question would be, ?Did it travel well?? ?Yes, Wagner tweeted it??... more »


Dec. 15, 2014 | Grand critiques of the humanities rely on caricature. When we look closely, we see the value it brings. Consider historians... more »


Dec. 13, 2014 | Bletchley Park: Rarely has so much eccentricity and genius been concentrated in one place. Now it's home to Alan Turing's teddy bear... more »


Dec. 12, 2014 | Wikipedia: Where an entrenched, stubborn, sometimes racist and misogynistic old guard bends the truth to its will... more »


Dec. 11, 2014 | Jenny Diski's father was a professional con man, her mother an addict. Diski tried suicide ? a few times. Then, age 15, she was sheltered by Doris Lessing... more »


Dec. 10, 2014 | Margins are for scribbling, pages for folding, spines for breaking. We have a responsibility to read with a pen in hand. Tim Parks explains... more »


Dec. 9, 2014 | For 35 years, Denis Dutton edited Philosophy and Literature. His commitment was to language that is simple, clear, and elegant... more »


Dec. 8, 2014 | Alcohol, death, and the devil. In the 17th century, booze was rumored to turn men into swine, to expose their bodies to Satan's touch... more »


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