Jan. 1, 2011 | '"Appalling." The snobbish reaction in 1895 to Sherwin Cody''s How To Write Fiction was as predictable as the popular reaction was positive'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Things certainly look very sweet for now. But what WikiLeaks wants to call "Cablegate" will very likely make life far more difficult for historians... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The Golden Age of comics. Superman flew across the skies, Batman lurked in the streets, and Wonder Woman unleashed her truth lasso... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | A real-estate game for cash-strapped times, Settlers of Catan is the rage from Stuttgart to Silicon Valley. Forget Monopoly... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The Great Recession has placed utopian economics on the defensive, but it is too early to hail the triumph of reality-based economics... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | '"I didn''t carve up the guy," says Robert Durst. "I dismembered a corpse." His sordid, mysterious crimes have now been adapted for the big screen'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | '"Art as Empathy," David Foster Wallace noted in the margins of a Tolstoy essay. Wallace''s archive shows he was not such an abstruse postmodernist'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'With Amazon, publishing is now beholden to one profit-obsessed company. What happens when you sell a book like it''s a can of soup?...'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Thank you, WikiLeaks! U.S. diplomat William Burns''s account of a Dagestani wedding has the President of Chechnya, his gold-plated automatic stuck down his jeans'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | DecorMyEyes.com offers so much: first, the wrong style, then endless phone calls, emails, abuse and threats of violence, lasting for months or years... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Explicit sex scenes aim to arouse, but Howard Jacobson is not into that. Sex and serious literature, he thinks, make for uncomfortable bedfellows... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Ruben is six foot three, 225 pounds, neck like a waist. You can hire him: $1,000 for every bone he breaks in his victim''s face'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | We evolved to be interpreters of events, in the world at large and in our own inner lives. This narrative self is part of what makes us most human... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | '"I''m doing Facebook, YouTube, and listening to music at the same time," says Vishal. "I''ll say: I need to stop and do my schoolwork, but I can''t"'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Every day, Norman Mailer wrote in his small, stifling attic. Amy Rowland tried to write in the same place, but failed. It''s hard to write in another writer''s house'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | If you thought it was only uneducated Muslims in dusty towns "over there" who burned things that upset them, think again... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Richard Wagner''s music used to change lives. Now we hear it as setting the mood for stage magic: Rhine maidens on wires, and effects we think of as cinematic'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | What makes a psychopath? It might in part be a deep, hard-wired inability to recognize the nature of a social contract... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Apologists for globalization treat it as a source of benefits, says Alasdair MacIntyre. But it must be known by its vices. Debt, in particular... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Albert Gonzalez''s gift for deception made him one of the most valuable cybercrime informants the U.S. government has ever had'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Schizophrenia has long been blamed on bad genes or even bad parents. The real culprit, a new hypothesis claims, is a virus entwined in every person''s DNA'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Philosophy is not an attempt to secure new knowledge about the mind or beauty or right conduct, says Peter Hacker. It is not even a cognitive discipline... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'A nighttime raid, reality TV crew, and a sleeping seven-year-old. What can we learn from the death in Detroit of Aiyana Mo''nay Stanley-Jones?'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Online, in bookstores, every aspiring novelist faces a daily tsunami of freshly published words. So what makes any of them think they have something to say that others need to read?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Freeman Dyson was a smart kid who wondered how other people could be so dumb. Some have wondered the same of Freeman Dyson... more »


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