Amit Kamaywal

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Why Uber must be stopped

The touted start-up is proving to be the embodiment of unrestrained hyper-capitalism. What happens when it wins?<p>What is Uber? A paragon of free market efficiency and technological innovation serving the greater convenience and comfort of the general public? Or living proof for why capitalist …

The Amazing Contortions of B.K.S. Iyengar

The legendary yogi died on Wednesday at age 95. Reportedly, he did headstands into his 90s.<p>In its American form, yoga can sometimes seem like it's less about meditation than fitness, extreme sweatiness, and the absurdity of trying to balance on your head while wearing hot-pink lycra pants. But the …

How Much Should You Know About the Way Facebook Works?

An author of the infamous emotional-contagion study says it might not be reasonable to expect informed consent about social experiments online.<p>Every semester, Cornell professor Jeff Hancock asks his students to complete an experiment. First, he has them all Google the same search term. Then, he …

Writers Who Didn't Study Writing

Jonathan Franzen developed an early interest in the sciences: His juvenilia includes a story about Greek mathematician Pythagoras and a play about …

5 True Literary One-Hit Wonders

Last month, a memoir chronicling Marja Mills’s friendship with Harper Lee, <i>The Mockingbird Next Door</i>, hit the bookshelves to immediate controversy. Mills, and her publisher, stated the book was authorized by Harper Lee and her sister, Alice Lee. Harper Lee, who had released a statement denying any …

5 Free Online Punctuation Checker Tools That Are Best

Online world is filled with text of all sort, they’re tutorials, guides, experiments of any sort and what not. So if it’s text what fills the …

Writing the Book on Reinventing the Book

Two professors' inquiry into the written word is trying to demolish paper vs. digital binaries.<p>Over more than five centuries, books have evolved from collections of folded and gathered pages bound between covers to collections of screens connected to a digital cloud. Yet despite the rise in tablet …

Nixon's Resignation: 40 Years Later

Arthur Schlesinger, Hunter S. Thompson, Seymour Hersh, Elizabeth Drew, Evan Thomas, and others on the fall of a president and its aftermath, from The Atlantic archives<p>On the evening of August 8, 1974, Richard Milhous Nixon sat at his desk in the Oval Office and announced that he was resigning the …

8 hours of airliners departing from Los Angeles in one single photo

Los Angeles architectural photographer Mike Kelley posted this awesome image of almost all the departures and some of the arrivals at LAX during a …