The Future of the Book
As newspapers shutter, publishing houses consolidate, and print declines, what is the future of the book? Digital publishing makes ideas accessible to more readers (and writers) than ever before, but at what cost?
In the Beginning Was the Word
The book, that fusty old technology, seems rigid and passé as we daily consume a diet of information bytes and digital images. The fault, dear reader, lies not in our books but in ourselves.
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The Seventies Shift
When Michael Barone began his career as a political observer, Los Angeles was like Des Moines by the sea and America was transfixed by the Vietnam war and the counterculture. Nobody saw the deeper forces that were beginning to transform the nation.
The search is on for graceful strategies for exiting Iraq and Afghanistan. Apart from victory, history suggests, there are none.
Before the Fall
The fall of the Berlin Wall was a dramatic moment in time. In the minds of many East Germans, it was years in the making.
Bullet Trains for America?
The Obama administration has revived the dream of building high-speed rail lines to rival those of Japan and Europe, but the tracks are littered with political and financial obstacles.
The Battle of the Books
In the long history of the book, the mass-produced volumes of our time constitute only a single chapter. More remain to be written.
The Cult of Experts
It is a dangerous illusion to think that "experts" are free from politics, groupthink, and other flaws.
War and Warming
Climate change has greater implications for national security, and the intelligence community is taking notice.
How Cities Go Global
Around the world, about 70 cities provide crucial expertise in insurance, accounting, law, consulting, and programming for firms and exchanges operating across national borders. However, they each retain unique cultural characteristics that are the ultimate source of their strength.
Immigrating to Obesity
Why do immigrants to the United States tend to remain slimmer than their native-born counterparts?
Damned Either Way
When forced to choose between two evils, decision makers are viewed negatively regardless of what they pick.
Finding Happiness After Harvard
Unearthing a long-lost study that tracked the Harvard graduating classes of 1942, 1943, and 1944.
Daniel Defoe: prolific author, first journalist, and greatest liar that ever lived?
Oil for Containment
The policies put in place as part of the Marshall plan to rebuild Europe after World War II fostered an unprecedented dependence on oil from Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries.
How Alexander Hamilton saved the fledgling United States from financial ruin as America's first central banker.
Russia's Casual Christians
The Orthodox Church may be experiencing a resurgence in Russia, but the country remains highly secular.
No One Died in Malerkotla
Shared devotion to the saint Haider Shaikh by Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs, played an important role in protecting the city of Malerkotla from the religious violence that killed an estimated 500,000 people when India was partitioned in 1947.
About 30 years ago, literary criticism changed from a field of humble, erudite explication of great works of art, to one of creative and adventuresome interpretation.
The Art Recession
Confronted by fiscal crisis, New York's best known arts institutions are receiving less funding than ever before.
Cheek Swabs for Hamlet
A small but militant group of literary Darwinists are making the case that Homer, Shakespeare and Cervantes are as much products of natural selection as Darwin's Galapagos finches.
Europe's Envelope Economy
In Eastern and Central Europe during the Soviet period, underground activity was the economy.
The Graduate Fixer
Behind the image of a new India populated by a rising middle-class of tech-savvy, well-educated entrepreneurs lies a grim reality common throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America: legions of educated, unemployed young people.
From Foraging to Farming
Humans living 11,000 years ago grew and stored wild grains for more than a millennium before they began growing domesticated plants.
Norway's Black Sheep
Though he may lack name recognition in the English-speaking world, Norwegian Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun was perhaps the first truly modernist author.
The Winning Formula
Examining counterinsurgency and the new focus on local populations rather than territory as the magic formula for victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ready for Her Close-Up
Ayn Rand's work has been critically dismissed as juvenile and subliterate when it has been considered at all, but this has obscured the fact that she helped create an ideological framework that continues to energize debate in contemporary America.
Three Weddings and a War
The Civil War lives of Angelina Grimke Weld, Julia Dent Grant, and Varina Howell Davis.
Remember the Titan
The life of Louis D. Brandeis, a figure in American legal history whose influence is so profound and pervasive that he cannot be politically classified.
Ghosts of the Heartland
The United States is currently experiencing uneven development at a level not seen since the Civil War, as young, educated professionals flock to cities and stay there.
The Good and the Bad in the Ugly
The United States has failed to learn the crucial lessons that have come with environmental and political catastrophes across the 20th century.
The Middle-Class Ghetto
If history repeats itself, the serious, intelligent books reviewed weekly by The New York Times will not be read by students of literature fifty years from now.
How Sofas Changed the World
An outpouring of design creativity between 1670 and 1765 made Paris the world's most influential location, beginning a Western cultural shift in ideals from magnificence and public display to ease and private delight.
Stalking the Umwelt
The central battle in classifying the world around us is between objective truth and the framework through which we see the world, our umwelt.
Arts and Sciences
The Romantic generation was the first to discover and marvel at the beauty, wonder, and terror of science.
Girth of a Nation
The prevalence of obesity among Americans has more than doubled in the past 30 years.