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'Words Have the Power to Transport You Across Time and Space'


Yesterday, our Twitter Book Club held a live Q&A with Rachel Cantor, author of A Highly Unlikely Scenario, our July book.

The Growing Market for Getting Paid to Wait in Line


Those visiting New York for the first time wouldn’t be completely incorrect if they figured that at its core, the city is just one long line.

The ISIS Crackdown on Women, by Women


Reports yesterday that ISIS had mandated female circumcision in the Iraqi city of Mosul quickly went viral and were almost as quickly debunked.

The Cold World


Scientists call the frozen parts of the Earth the cryosphere: the arctic, the Antarctic, tundra permafrost, glaciers high on mountains.

Paul Ryan and the Cycle of Compassionate Conservatism


Over the past two decades, since the 1992 presidential election, Republican politics has followed a cycle.

Study: Many Parents Are In Denial About Their Kids’ Obesity


There’s a certain type of parental pride that grows from just the right combination of willful ignorance, unflagging optimism, and impressive mental gymnastics.

How Important Is It to Have a Church Wedding?


It’s an iconic image: the white dress, the church bells, the priest, the traditional vows repeated by an earnest, fresh-faced couple.

Interesting News on the Finger-Shoe Front


I am a fan of Vibram Five Fingers running shoe, as I have made clear every few months. I was wearing my trusty Vibrams when I passed the "Haynesworth Test" four years ago.

Adventures in Legal Weed


Meet the 22-Year-Old Who Is Closing the Summer Achievement Gap


For the past four summers, Karim Abouelnaga has been focused on one thing: stopping the loss of academic skills and knowledge that occurs during the summer months.

Cancer Vaccine Exists, Goes Unused


(Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters) Every 20 minutes a person in the U.S. is diagnosed with with a human-papilloma virus-associated cancer.

We Eat 92% of the Food on Our Plates


Consider: You are at a local China Sun buffet, purveyor of wonder, merchant of mu shu. You snap up a plate and eagerly start piling on your favorite food item.

Lucy: The Dumbest Movie Ever Made About Brain Capacity


Every now and then a movie comes along that’s so beyond-the-pale sloppy, so disastrous in both conceit and execution, that it simply defies conventional analysis.

How to Get a Job in the '60s: Have Your Husband Incorporate You


Susan Elliott grew up in St. Louis in the middle of the 20th century. In the '50s she headed off to Smith College, and she graduated in 1958.

Don't Write for the Barbarians


By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Claire Messud, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more.

What Happened to Dinesh D'Souza?


In the 1980s, Dinesh D’Souza received some advice from his editor. “Write for the critics. The success of your book will depend on book reviews,” D’Souza recalled Adam Bellow of the Free Press telling him.

The Most Famous Whistleblowers on Why They Leaked


America's most famous whistleblowers, Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden, conversed with one another at a New York City hacker conference earlier this week.

Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Kept His Oath Better Than Anyone in the NSA


Daniel Ellsberg, the celebrated whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers, said in a conversation with National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden that every human sometimes bites their tongue when they witness something that they know to be wrong–and blood often flows as a result.

Gaza, by Way of NASA


Astronauts, when they first see the Earth from space, tend to share a complicated, but common, reaction: a sense of wonder.

NCAA to Congress: Change Is Coming


On July 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a public hearing entitled, “Promoting the Well-Being and Academic Success of College Athletes.” The committee questioned NCAA President Mark Emmert about growing public controversy over the NCAA’s stewardship.


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