Jan. 1, 2011 | '"The only way to write is well," said A.J. Liebling, "how you do it is your own damn business." Unless you''re Stanley Fish '... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The many loves of Ms. Luxemburg. Red Rosa''s life wasn''t all doctrinaire Marxism and scornful polemics'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The gadgets that enrich and overwhelm you originate in MIT''s Media Lab, where the most important discipline is no discipline at all'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'As if her husband''s drinking and philandering weren''t enough, Lee Krasner''s art never could escape his paint-splattered shadow'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Nearly everyone has a reaction to India, writes Patrick French. His is fawning, cliché-ridden, and untethered from reality... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'That Henry Kissinger never fails to praise China''s rulers is disappointing but not surprising: Sycophancy is good for business'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | If our brains are augmented by Google in the future, will our thoughts have corporate sponsors?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Forget Facebook - our cognitive capacities max out at three to five intimate friendships. Time to shrink our social networks?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Watching Garry Wills. The liberal, Catholic ex-conservative who made enemies of both Nixon and Alger Hiss remains a paradox... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Poverty deepens and inequality grows. But the rich, says Deirdre McCloskey, are blameless: "Success in a commercial society is a victimless crime"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'A Jewish joke: Man asks friend, "Which is preferable, an anti-Semite or a philo-Semite?" Friend answers, "An anti-Semite - at least he isn''t lying"'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Feminist Lothario? Hugh Hefner - the man who marketed promiscuous bachelorhood - is a pioneer of women''s empowerment'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Payback might be a bitch, but the urge for revenge is universal, and the stuff of great drama... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Music hits the brain like sex. So can neuroscience distinguish between hearing an organ played and having one''s organs played with?'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Learning to live means preparing to die. So thought Montaigne, until his own death neared... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Every year, Washington swells with 20,000 interns. They fetch coffee, drive down wages, and add yet another sexual frisson to the halls of power... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | For Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, whose extraordinary union lasted 40 years, the key to a successful marriage was not sleeping together... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Janet Malcolm is without illusion. A heartless connoisseur of human misery, she admits her biases run deep. "We take sides as we take breaths"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | G.K. Chesterton quipped paradoxical: "Travel narrows the mind." The greatest paradox, however, was his own personality, sophisticated yet naive... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The rose, says Umberto Eco, "is so rich in meanings that it hardly has any meaning left." Not so. The bloom remains potent with symbolism... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Moscow, 1960. The city brimmed with hope and creativity. It was a fleeting moment captured in the poetry and charmed life of Joseph Brodsky... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Nabokov described art as the "dazzling combination of drab parts." Studies of his own work, however, often read like drab combinations of dazzling parts... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Gandhi''s commitment to nonviolence was admirable but impractical. As a response to fascism, it was disastrous'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | As a child, Iris Chang learned of Japanese atrocities in Nanking. As an adult, she studied them. Did her research lead to her suicide?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | While her diplomat father courted Hitler, Martha Dodd courted Thomas Wolfe, who likened her to "a butterfly hovering around my penis"... more »


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