Jan. 1, 2011 | '"With each day I realize more and more that my mahatmaship, which is a mere adornment, depends on others." Gandhi''s words were deeply true.'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | '"Stop. Security Check. Tasty." It is an odd concoction of creative, market capitalism and claustrophobic police state security you''ll find in Islamabad'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Jacques Maritain was inspired by the example of the United States: it showed that a pluralistic democratic system could flourish with Christianity... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Solar ovens were a great idea for Africa. Except: they need hours to cook food, are useless in rainy seasons, or if you need to cook before dawn... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Brains like it real. When it comes to using text or image or the real thing in making buying decisions, the human brain prefers reality... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Of course, we should love, honor and cherish our species, says Mary Midgley. But do we have to worship it as well?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Humanitarian aid to Africa can make us feel good about ourselves. It can also underwrite murderous conflict. It started with Biafra... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'From the Venus of Willendorf to Picasso''s jilted lovers, the male eye gazes on the objectified female body. So what of women pop artists?'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Willam Blake''s London, written two hundred years ago, rather grandly reveals us to ourselves. He might well have called it America'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Stories beguile us, invite us to suspend disbelief and enjoy ourselves. They are so much more fun than statistics - which in their turn can pack so much more factual information... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Young conservatives make more friends than liberals, who relate to smaller groups. Conservatives like to show competence, liberals trust. Does this ring true?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Subhas Chandra Bose, nationalist leader against the British rule of India, died in an air crash in Taiwan in 1945. Unless the story is a fabrication... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'On Halloween, America market-tests parental paranoia. If a new fear flies on Halloween, it''s probably going to catch on the rest of the year, too'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Sarah Bernhardt asked Harry Houdini to bring back her amputated leg. That would be impossible, he said. "Yes," she replied, "but you do the impossible"... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'France, Italy, and their EU friends go all sullen on mention of Germany: amid Europe''s turmoil, Germany is an oasis of prosperous tranquillity'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | In America today, men are caught: they are shown the old breadwinner ideal in an economic era that no longer delivers a proper family wage... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Fifty years ago a favorite language dispute showed up in print. A reader asked Ann Landers if it was "I couldnâ?'t care less,â? or "I could care lessâ?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Greensleeves is one instance, as is the Beatles''s Eleanor Rigby. That minor third makes these songs sad. But why? Is this mere enculturation?'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Annie Leibovitz is both a photographer and a celebrity. But the multi-million dollar question remains, is she an artist in the highest sense of that term?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Could Jane Austen spell? Tomatas as the plural of tomato? Shades of Dan Quayle. The "i before e" rule? She wrote of distant veiws and hosts who recieve guests... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Why does the West rule? The biological unity of man would seem to disprove racist views of western dominance. So what about geography?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | When John Gravois and his wife bought a house last year in northern California, the first person to offer advice about growing marijuana was their realtor... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Georgian poet Titsian Tabidze wanted to use his avant-garde art to transform the Russian Revolution. For his pains, he was murdered... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Specialist university librarians used to choose with the help of academics the best books and journals for collections. Alas, publishers now choose for them... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Great statesmen, Bismarck said, hear before others the distant hoofbeats of the horse of history. What, well may we ask, does Barack Obama hear?... more »

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