Jan. 1, 2011 | Stuttering is "an obdurate barrier thrust into my throat," said John Updike. For him and others, verbal transcendence has existed only on the page... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Brash, pompous, and ubiquitous, Niall Ferguson would be insufferable were he not also a little bit charming... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Researchers in Siberia have managed to breed foxes as tame as dogs. It''s a feat that might unlock the genetics of violent behavior'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | The current blueprint for political revolution blends Gandhi, Monty Python, and corporate-style marketing savvy... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Lev Vygotsky died in 1934. His writings were left unpublished for decades. Yet when it comes to the science of play, no one looms larger... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Nobody likes a grammar scold, but it must be said: Ambiguity has a death grip on our syntax. The principles of effective speech are in tatters. Verbal chaos reigns... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Privacy is passe - if not dead. Confessional tweets, narcissistic status updates: We are the Wikileakers of our own lives... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Does spreading unrest in the Middle East mean a spike in oil prices and doom for the fragile U.S. economy? Maybe not... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Are you an aspiring adulterer? Noel Biderman is there for you. The motto of his budding Internet empire: "Life is short. Have an affair"... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Does anyone still care about dangling modifiers? An emphasis on sales and marketing has led publishers to ignore an important truth: Editors are supposed to edit... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Computers can fly airplanes, but they can''t make plausible small talk. We forget how impressive humans are. Computers are reminding us'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Frances Fox Piven has been depicted by Glenn Beck as the mastermind of a plot to destroy capitalism. Is the sociologist an enemy of America?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'We''ve exploded them, shot them with dry ice, and electrified them, but when it comes to manipulating clouds, human ingenuity has met its match'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Paul Haggis considers himself a curious man. Yet for 35 years he did not question the tenets of his religion: Scientology. Why? The incentive to believe is high... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'For East German teachers of Marxism-Leninism, 1989 wasn''t the year the walls of tyranny came down. It was the year their lives fell apart'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Sexual violence is rampant in Haiti. Now women wear whistles: Three short toots: "I am being attacked"; one long toot: "Someone has been raped"... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Jean Toomer insisted that he wasn''t black. But it now seems that the author of Cane was an African-American who passed as white. Does it matter?'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The government of India is gathering biometric data on its 1.2 billion citizens. But there''s a hitch: The fingerprints of peasants are unreadable after years of manual work'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | The apparent randomness of scratch lottery ticket numbers is a mathematical lie. A geological statistician in Canada has cracked the code... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | A self-taught lepidopterist, Vladimir Nabokov speculated about butterfly evolution. His ideas were long dismissed by scientists. Until now... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Max von Oppenheim - archaeologist, diplomat, lothario - amassed a stunning collection of Syrian antiquities. He also charmed sheiks and Nazis, and bought slaves... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | The financial crisis revealed a grim truth: Too much prosperity, for too long, tends to devour itself. We crave booms, but they bring on busts... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Fans of "ruin porn" - artful photos of boarded-up houses and factories - don''t want people in the pictures. They just get in the way'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'William Dalrymple is the literary don of Delhi. The secret to his success? He chews up multiculturalism. "It''s hard being an Orientalist these days"'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Roger Bannister proved that athletic barriers are figments of our imagination. Except when they aren''t. Has athletic performance peaked?'... more »

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