Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Michael Savitz spends 80 hours a week trawling junk shops with a laser scanner. He''s not a booklover in search of a good read. He''s a dealer'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | In case China finds itself unable to resist temptations of foreign policy adventurism, the U.S. must be forearmed. But in the meantime... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | As agriculture spread into neolithic Europe, it gave hunter gatherers more than wheat, barley, and beer: it gave them a white revolution: milk... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Much of what medical research treats as fact is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. Why is bad science used to justify treatments?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Penmanship: to draw out letters by hand and connect them in cursive style has odd, even mysterious, effects on the development of the brain... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | '"I am a bit angry," said Swedish literary critic Ulrika Milles during Swedish TV''s Nobel Prize coverage. Mario Vargas Llosa is not their sort of chap'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | In fairy tales, good triumphs over evil., but in ways we may find quite vexing. Look at the Brothers Grimm with Snow White vs. how Disney ends it... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Joan Sutherland, who thrilled the world with her dazzling technique, vocal clarity, and finesse, is dead at age 83... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Ants work together, share food, and send their elders into battle to protect the young. E.O. Wilson thinks they have a lot to teach us... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The Trolley problem. How to make an issue in moral philosophy come alive, while the thinker is still allowed to enjoy the comforts of the armchair... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Poetry is mathematics. Hidden in that elegant structure there may be deeper truths that touch on fractal patterns, on the theory of numbers, on primes... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Alfred Kazin found that "absolute frankness is the only originality." But his frankness ends not in originality but in creepy revelations ... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | For Rimbaud, precocity yielded an iconoclastic burst of creativity. Then he abandoned poetry. He was 20, there was nothing left to say... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | It is academic snobbery to search for Orientalism in the canon of high literature, but not pulp novels or Hollywood films... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Young women have at least one asset, erotic capital, but it''s undervalued - by society and by women themselves. There is a remedy: prostitution'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The idea of universal human rights has been a profound contribution to civilization. More than a little credit goes to the slave rebels of Haiti... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Henry Luce and the intellectuals. Journalism and the life of the mind merged in the profit-motivated pages of Time, Life, and Fortune... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Tim Wu has an influential theory about the future of information. The problem: He''s wrong, even incoherent. Paul Starr explains'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | To be, or not to be is not original to Shakespeare. In effect, Hamlet is quoting, not thinking. All language carries baggage... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Humphrey Bogart''s face - indelible and engaging, but hardly beautiful - confounded a co-star. "How can a man so ugly be so handsome?"'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Famine, flood, and slipshod currency reform have failed to end Kim Jong Il''s reign. But now there''s a new challenge: bootleg copies of Titanic'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The mind has always been forgetful, lapsing into oblivion. But has this ever been more true than now, when we know so much and remember so little?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Alfred Kazin''s love of literature was matched only by his love of himself. Self-absorption, to many women, proved irresistible'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Agnes de Mille democratized ballet, injecting a dose of pop-art cheekiness into the ordered, insidery world of formal dance... more »


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