Jan. 1, 2011 | Libertarianism is having a moment. But it remains the crazy uncle of American politics: loud and cocky, often profound, sometimes unhinged... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The fifth blow ripped open the back of his head, forcing fragments of skull into his brain. He was dead. The violence, however, went on... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | When we learn to tolerate boredom, we find out who we really are, says Naomi Alderman, one of a growing number of boredom enthusiasts... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | I know I shall hang, Hermann Goering said from his prison cell. "But in 50 or 60 years there will be statues of me all over Germany"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Martin Peretz is a born belligerent. "His anger is so much a part of him," says his ex-wife, "that he doesn''t realize he''s scaring people"'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Fat Kat had a knack for guns, drugs, and gangs; also, it turned out, for being a prison librarian. He helped fellow inmates connect to the world... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | All around me I observe a glowing trail of bloodshed, helping me put together the pieces of a violent puzzle, writes Angela Strassheim... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Why is the Hope Diamond so blue? To find out, scientists blasted the gem with an ion beam. The Hope is actually a mosaic of blues... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Apple sells more than sleekly designed toys; it sells a way of life. Call it Appleism. Google calls it a competitive threat... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Happy birthday to the suit, now 150 years old. The uniform of capitalism was born out of revolution, warfare and pestilence... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Puzzle-solving is an ancient, universal practice that depends on creative insight, on the primitive spark that ignited the first campfires... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The geocentric universe. Stress causes ulcers. A flat earth. Heavier falls faster. Many ideas we once thought were true turned out to be hard to unlearn... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Frankfurter called Douglas a "completely evil man." Douglas referred to the Jewish Frankfurter as "Der Führer." FDR''s Court: scorpions in a bottle'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Saudi Arabia is to build sleek, beautiful cities in the desert. But unless they can be sustained by something more than an oil economy, they are doomed... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The most recent successful new religion, the only big one for 1,340 years - since Islam kicked off with the Qur''an - began in a 1950 issue of Astounding Science Fiction'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | What makes music sad? Most people jump to "minor key" as the answer. But singer and lyrics can mean more than we realize... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Cheap fried chicken is the last thing we''d predict would send South Korean protestors into the streets. Yet, while cheap is okay for cellphones'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'A new exhibit - politicized, manipulative, and inaccurate - argues that the West''s Dark Ages were a Golden Age for Islam. Edward Rothstein isn''t buying it...'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Worried about the debt? Don''t be. "If Oriental protectionists are foolish enough to send us TV sets in exchange for green pieces of paper, wonderful"'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Do you think there is a computer screen sitting in front of you right now? Or is the "computer screen" dependent on a mental model created in your brain?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The peer-reviewed, double-blind placebo test is the gold standard of modern medical science. Yet does peer review really work?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Prosopagnosia, or face-blindness, affects 2.5% of the population. The afflicted cannot recognize faces. Oliver Sacks suffers from it... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Caffeine addicts can get their fill with the Arts & Letters Daily coffee mug. Also tested with herbal teas. The perfect holiday gift!... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Activist judges are often objects of political dispproval. But if politicians showed more restraint, judges would not have to intervene so often... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Suicide bombers: fervent automatons who hate the West and its values? Maybe not. Maybe they just want to commit suicide... more »


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