Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Mark Zborowski''s Life is with People portrays a world he knew to be darker and more complex than the bright story he tells'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Tolstoy''s death drama was Russiaâ?'s first great mass media event. The rail station where he died became the eye of a news hurricane'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Novelist E.M. Forster knew nothing about sex until late in his life - and things only got worse once he learned... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'If income inequality makes for a less healthy society, why not exile the rich, or censor the media, so the poor can''t know how poor they are?'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Intelligence, self-possession, and a sense of maturity. If this be wisdom, will we learn more about it from literature and history, or from neuroscience?... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Hitler was no buffoon. It took a malign genius to rise from Vienna''s slums and carry out the conquest of western Europe. Hugh Trevor-Roper grasped this'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Suppose Mary had given birth, among her various children, to twins. One was named Jesus, the other she called Christ. Let''s say they had different talents'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Conrad Black''s prison education. In 28 months and 18 days he learned of the fallibility of the U.S. justice system, which convicts more innocent people than we can ever know'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Soccer punditry is no doubt the most facile and inconsequential form of writing known to man. So why shouldn''t the New York Review of Books try its hand at it?'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Some Pakistanis blame Afghan immigrants for bringing â?'theirâ? war into Pakistan. Here is an Afghan bakerâ?'s story of harassment, corruption, and exile... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Surveillance can keep us on the moral straight and narrow, cultivating good habits. But it stands in the way of more saintly ideals, says Emrys Westacott... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | â??Youâ??re not getting any part of me,â? Robin said. â?'Iâ??m being frozen.â? â??No.â? Peggy said. â??Your head is being frozen. I get the rest of youâ?... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | In the grip of a neurological disorder, writes Tony Judt, "I am fast losing control of words even as my relationship with the world has been reduced to them"... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Every household in North Korea is provided with a white cloth, to be used exclusively for cleaning the portraits Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | What we hear in poems, says Tom McCarthy, is not selves, but networks, not signal but noise. Rilke called it Geräusch, the crackle of the universe, angels dancing in the static... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | David Greybeard, Goliath, Gremlin, Fifi, Olly, and the murderous cannibals Passion and Pom: Jane Goodall remembers them all. Chimpanzees of Gombe... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | The 1950s, a.k.a. the â??Age of Anxiety,â? began a golden age of mental illness. Signs and symptoms - alcoholism, depression, neurosis, delinquency - were rampant. Right up to the present... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Baseball: the perfect game, the very Platonic ideal of organized sport, the â??moving image of eternityâ? in athleticis. America''s grand gift to posterity'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Is it a gift from God? From innate human reason? Moral naturalists take a different approach, says David Brooks... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'BP''s incompetence with Deepwater Horizon has made 2010 likely the worst oil-spill year since 1979. Still, says Matt Ridley, it is not quite the disaster TV would portray'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Barack Obama backers have swallowed painful policy compromises over the last months, says Eric Alterman. But if you can''t have the whole hog, better a ham sandwich than hunger'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | The intense life of classical music across the world today - stunning performances, countless recordings, legions of fans - testifies to its deep roots in human feeling... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'If God occasionally intervenes in the world to shoot down an atheist - to show who''s boss - it makes sense for Him to target the esophagus, says Carlin Romano'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | If the existence of post-traumatic stress disorder is a function of how its victims subjectively feel, then not only being in battle, but hearing about battle can cause trauma... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Amputation sans anaesthesia. North Korea''s health system, the head of WHO has said, is the envy of developing nations. Amnesty Int''l please shut up'... more »

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