Jan. 1, 2011 | What is the morality of nuclear retaliation? Is it ethical? Can any order to kill 20 million with the twist of a wrist be sane? Ron Rosenbaum has some ideas... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Youth genres - action, raunchy comedies, comic-book adaptations - have completely colonized Hollywood. How did this happen? Two words: Top Gun... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | A film school in Baghdad was bombed in 2006. The director, now in bulletproof vest, remains uncowed: "We have neither money nor power, but cinema can make our voices heard"... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | '"You are hereby invited to watch me face the firing squad." With that, Boris Pasternak handed off the manuscript of Dr. Zhivago. The book''s relevance remains undiminished'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | David Foster Wallace: His skill as an essayist is indisputable, but what about his fiction? The clever, ostentatious prose is catnip for grad students. As for the rest of us... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Who killed the femme fatale? The dark queen of film noir - smoldering truth-teller, erotic schemer - has disappeared from the silver screen... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'What if Stalin''s Great Terror was an act of self-defense? Of course you''re incredulous, but revisionism reigns in the moral chaos of post-Soviet Russia'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | '"Each time I write something I promise myself I''ll never do it again," says Arundhati Roy. "The fallout goes on for months. Increasingly, like of late, it turns dangerous"'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Populism has crept into the high-art world, so that museum-going now provokes vexing bouts of intellectual insecurity... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | What do thoughts look like? Ted Serios, a volatile, alcoholic bellhop from Chicago, set about capturing his on film, literally... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Lewis Carroll, Chopin, Flaubert: All, we''re told, suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy, which explains the strange delirium of their creative lives. The diagnosis also suggests a new understanding of genius'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Russia''s political elite is exceptional in its ignorance. Meet defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov, a former store clerk who can hardly distinguish a destroyer from a tugboat'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | '"Never again" has never been more than an empty promise, and there''s no reason to believe it will ever be otherwise. So suppose genocide isn''t preventable. Then what?'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Is philosophy of science an obsolete pseudo-discipline? Stephen Hawking thinks so. But his work relies on the very sort of speculations that philosophers invented... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | More women are covering themselves, more mosques are being built, more preachers are preaching. However, the Islamization of the Middle East has in fact depoliticized Islam... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | What happens when a liberal feminist plays The Sims? She becomes a hawkish, stay-at-home mom who favors low taxes and small government. But of course... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Walt Whitman''s Civil War verse was initially simple, boosterish, and full of masculine heroics - no "dainty rhymes" for him. The carnage at Fredericksburg forever changed his perspective'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The revolutions in Tunisia and Cairo clarify many things. Here''s one: Economic gains do not ensure political stability. Are you listening, Beijing?'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'If you want to build a better society, advises Robert Wright, don''t bother with fancy philosophers. Epistemology, phenomenology, metaphysics, and $2.50 will get you a ride on the New York subway'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'What does it mean to prepare for death? For Ann Hulbert''s cancer-stricken mother, it meant refusing medical treatment. "I''m impatient to die," she murmured. But her family wasn''t ready to let her go'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Californians used to be an optimistic and self-confident breed, their home a harbinger of America''s utopian future. Today, however, the Golden State exudes hopelessness'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | In 1927 Barbara Follett published a much-praised first novel. She was 13. The book was about a young girl who disappears. In 1939, Barbara vanished... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Humans are adept at reasoning about mental states - our own, others'', even God''s. But consider the implication: God as a figment of our overactive theory of mind'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | The 19th century Russian revolutionary Mikhail Bakunin - globe-trotting anarchist, conspiracy-minded madcap - attracted a cultlike following. Sound familiar? Julian Assange is Bakunin with a laptop... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The Apprentice was a flop in Russia, where people aren''t interested in reality shows about aspirational business types. Maybe it''s because they know where those folks end up: jail'... more »

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