Jan. 1, 2011 | Bobby Fischer had much in common with Newton: Both were fear-addled egomaniacs who grew into their gifts by playing games with themselves... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Every metaphor starts out as a wild beast, waiting to be tamed by usage, writes Carlin Romano. Even the word "metaphor" is a metaphor... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Quarry of the latter-day hunter-gatherer: old typewriters, vintage dolls, Bakelite jewelry. The one thing you must never ask a collector is "Why?"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Too small for their britches? If American men are infantilized, it certainly isn''t because of gains made by women, as one author would have us believe'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The other other woman: Hardly home wreckers, mistresses are long-term partners who prefer secrecy, for better or worse... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'It''s easy to dismiss Wilhelm Reich''s idiosyncratic blend of Freudianism, Marxism, and orgasm. But consider this: No Reich, no Oprah'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | What the world requires of a publishing bigwig - Robert Gottlieb, Daniel Menaker - is ever more cattiness, more gossip, more score-settling... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Ribs against racism. American, Jamaican, Korean, Mongolian - is there any cuisine more inclusive than barbecue?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Mark Twain never met an idea he could not reduce to a joke - including, it seems, the conventions of autobiography. Michael Lewis explains... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Virginia Woolf knew well the tedium of the literary critic. "My mind feels as though a torrent of weak tea has been poured over it"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Drugs, sex, exercise - all tickle the brain''s pleasure circuits. What doesn''t? Pop-intellectual glosses on the neuroscience of pleasure'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | I duped the despot by crawling like a snake, wrote Adam Mickiewicz. No one survives in a dictatorship without being compromised... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'They were Truman Capote''s adoring "swans," upper-crust types who lapped up his elfin schtick. So why did he betray them?'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Between those who believe too much and those who believe too little stands Terry Eagleton, scorning the dogmatism of both sides... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Stagnant wages, stalemated wars, growing debt. Depressing, right? Time for a dose of David Brooks''s sunny optimism'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Shoplifting is an expression of vanity and need, not ideology. Filching razors from Rite-Aid isn''t political. It's pathetic'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'When in 1822 a bullet hit Alexis St. Martin''s abdomen, his breakfast poured from the wound. Human digestion had become visible'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Are you glib and superficially charming? Do you lack empathy and remorse? You might have just what it takes to be a psychopath... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Robin Fox has spent his life studying tribal-based societies. Does that make him one of the indispensable foreign-policy thinkers of our time?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Ronald Dworkin is a hedgehog, sure of one big thing: His values are universal values. It''s hubristic, sure, but is it analytically rigorous?'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'David Mamet''s conservative cri de coeur is smug, propagandistic, error-filled - and boring, too. Christopher Hitchens explains'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Evaluating evil. Between 1933 and 1945, 14 million civilians died in lands ruled by Stalin and Hitler. Does that diminish the singularity of the Holocaust?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Plaid-clad civic saint and master spellbinder, Cesar Chavez generated a legend that elides a history of paranoia and madness... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | In defense of drudgery. Whatever you call it - acedia, horror, taedium vitae, melancholia - boredom is a blessing ... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Intellectuals and orgasms. The charismatic, daft Wilhelm Reich succeeded in making fools of credulous seekers like Norman Mailer... more »


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