Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Ai Weiwei''s art is seen as a menace by the Chinese government; so, in turn, the government menaces Mr. Ai. "Police beat me, I nearly died"'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Daniel Bell, sociologist of big ideas, cultural critic, founding editor of The Public Interest, is dead... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Psychoanalysis is routinely derided, even by those in its intellectual debt. But what it lacks in empirical stature, it gains in humanity... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The WikiLeaks cables read like good literature. Both diplomacy and fiction, after all, feature plots, moral ambiguity, and casual deception... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Mark Augustus Landis is responsible for the longest, strangest art-forgery spree in American history. But did he break the law?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | If bird watching embodies our desire to observe nature without destroying it, is the rise of birding a reflection of our anxiety about the environment?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Alexander the Great could not conquer Afghanistan, but he did leave behind the drug that ultimately would: Opium. Can the country be weaned from it?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The Lisbon neighborhood of Casal Ventoso was a junkie nirvana. Then drugs were decriminalized, and everything improved... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The 1979 revolution was just one battle in a centuries-old culture war in Iran. A look back suggests a bleak future for the Tehran regime... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Bill Gates wants to overhaul America''s schools, but his imperious foundation is both damaging public education and undermining democracy'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Once upon a time, Sherry Turkle had a crush on a robot named Cog and became a celebrity among the geek set. Her passion has cooled... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Black culture causes black poverty? That view is resurgent, and it''s a perverse obfuscation of American history'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Why is Galileo portrayed as a stony rationalist when it was his engagement with the arts - The Divine Comedy in particular - that inspired him?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'A nation unto themselves, today''s super-rich have a geeky enthusiasm for innovation and ideas. They''re changing the meaning of wealth'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The search for Robert Capa''s lost Spanish Civil War photos ended when contact sheets turned up in a suitcase in Mexico'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Traditional desserts - cake, pudding - are being eclipsed by peculiar blends of sweet and savory. Parmesan ice cream, anyone?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Conferences, books, an academic archive - David Foster Wallace is the focus of a robust scholarly enterprise. "He''s the next canonized American writer"'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | In 2003 a man with a bomb locked to his neck robbed a bank. A short time later, the bomb exploded, killing him. Did he rob the bank to save his life?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | World population could climb to 10.5 billion by 2050. How many people can the Earth support? "The worst-case scenario may be realized"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Bedbugs arouse such fierce disgust. Why? Maybe it''s the prospect of their tiny beaks burrowing into our skin that keeps us awake at night'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'It''s true, our politics has been reduced to sound bites. But it''s not a symptom of Twitter-sized attention spans. Rather, it''s a sign of progress'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Banele Shabangu is scared. Rightfully so: A man in a mask is about to stick a needle into the base of his penis. Can circumcision save Swaziland?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | A new specter is haunting our prose: baggy, even illogical sentences. The problem, says Ben Yagoda, involves the elements of "clunk".... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Modern fashion took shape during the Renaissance. Chic accessories made the rounds; doctors urged cosmetic surgery... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Denis Dutton, philosopher, man of ideas, founding editor of Arts & Letters Daily, is dead at the age of 66... more »


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