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The social logic of Ivy League admissions.<p>I applied to college one evening, after dinner, in the fall of my senior year in high school. College applicants in Ontario, in those days, were given a single sheet of paper which listed all the universities in the province. It was my job to rank them in …

The lure of AI is erotic as much as it is rational – George Zarkadakis

Artificial intelligence is arguably the most useless technology that humans have ever aspired to possess. Actually, let me clarify. It would be …

Russia against the Western way of love – Polina Aronson

In 1996 I left Russia for the first time to spend a school year in the United States. It was a prestigious scholarship; I was 16 and my parents were …

China Tries to Make Sense of Donald Trump

Communications between the world’s rising superpower and its existing one were off to a jolly start when China’s state media and Donald Trump, the American President-elect, appeared to contradict each other on whether Chinese President Xi Jinping had contacted Trump in the days following his …

We’re All Living in a Video Game – Arc Digital

So, Elon Musk, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla Motors, thinks we’re all living in a computer simulation.<p>Here’s a devastating …

My Fake Excuses for Flaking on Plans, Dramatized as Movie Synopses

<b>"Weird Ankle Thing" (2014)</b><p>On the eve of an old college acquaintance's birthday, an average Joe named Lucas falls ill, afflicted with a number of mysterious symptoms that don't seem to point to any specific diagnosis. Like, his head hurts and also he has this weird ankle thing. As Lucas appeared to …

Donald Trump’s Unconscious, Unending Sexism

A surreal, sickening loop of the news cycle opened last Friday and then closed last night, at the Presidential debate, when Anderson Cooper called Donald Trump to account for the hot-mic audio from 2005 that was threatening to destroy his campaign once and for all. Speaking to the host of “Access …

The 33 Best Books of 2016

Add them to your reading list now.<p>With 2016 slowly winding down, it's the exact right time to catch up on the books you may have missed. Whether you're in the mood for excellent short story collections, sharply drawn fiction, or unbelievably gripping memoirs, scroll ahead for our round-up of the …

The Modern Mummies of Papua New Guinea

A rare look at life and death in a remote village in the West Pacific.<p>When Ulla Lohmann first met the Anga tribe in Papua New Guinea in 2003, the tribe's elders told her to leave. To even get there required a full day's drive, followed by a three-hour hike into the highlands on the west side of the …

When Women Signify Too Much

Both Elena Ferrante and Kim Kardashian West are women of considerable, if divergent, cultural influence, and so it’s not surprising that the very different intrusions each of them experienced this past weekend have been glossed in a similar, woman-specific manner. Ferrante, the Italian novelist who …

The Pink Panthers

A tale of diamonds, thieves, and the Balkans.<p>On May 19, 2003, a man in his late twenties walked along New Bond Street, in London, and stopped outside the flagship store of Graff, which proudly claims to sell “the most fabulous jewels in the world.” The man, whose image, captured by surveillance …

An Abridged History of London's Tower Menagerie

By Laura Bannister September 22, 2016<p><i>A brief history of London’s Tower Menagerie.</i><p>Royal Menagerie, 1812.<p>It was New Year’s Eve 1764, and John Wesley—founding father of Methodism, horseback proselytizer, teetotaler—stood before the structure now known as the Tower of London, accompanied by a flautist, …

John Simpson in Singapore: absurd nannyism and superlative service

'I admit that there are prettier places on the face of this earth of ours than Singapore; there are, however, none that can afford a better study of human life and character.”<p>Not my words – they were written 110 years ago by a long-forgotten Australian thriller-writer called Guy Boothby, who …

America's Cultural Civil War

As the country’s ideological and demographic trends continue to favor Clinton, Trump’s blue-collar white backers become more isolated.<p>It wasn’t only Hillary Clinton who stoked the campaign’s culture war last week.<p>Just hours before Clinton set cable and the internet ablaze last Friday night by …

No Pain, No Gain

“Fifty Shades of Grey.”<p>If the figures are correct, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James, has been bought by more than a hundred million people, of whom only twenty million were under the impression that it was a paint catalogue. That leaves a solid eighty million or so who, upon reading sentences …

The Real Heroes Are Dead

A love story.<p>As Susan Greer was walking her golden retriever one morning near her home, in Morristown, New Jersey, she heard footsteps behind her. It was just after six, on a warm Saturday in late July of 1998; she liked the quiet and the early-morning light. The footsteps came closer, and then a …

Empathy

The Hunt for El Chapo

How the world’s most notorious drug lord was captured.<p>One afternoon last December, an assassin on board a K.L.M. flight from Mexico City arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. This was not a business trip: the killer, who was thirty-three, liked to travel, and often documented his journeys around …

Meet the parents who won't let their children study literature

When I assigned an 800-page biography of Andrew Carnegie for a new undergraduate course on wealth and poverty at George Mason University a few years ago, I wasn’t sure the students would actually read it. Not only did most of them make it to the end, however, but many thanked me for giving them the …

College & University

What’s the Real Story Behind Nabokov’s Lolita?

While Nabokov had sketched out most of <i>Lolita</i>‘s plot while living in Europe, he ends up making one reference to an American true case of abduction and sexual exploitation that scholars and fans seem to have overlooked. In a riveting long-form examination, Hazlitt exhumes the case of eleven-year-old …

Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang Want to Get Married

Like so many young people today in China, the two men met online. According to Sun Wenlin, a tech consultant and, at age twenty-six, the younger of the pair, it had been “love at first sight.” Hu Mingliang, who is thirty-seven years old and the more reticent of the two, works as a security guard. …

Iceland’s Historic Candidate

How a scholar of the nation’s Presidency swiftly became its Presidential front-runner.<p>When I heard that the historian Guðni Jóhannesson was running for President of Iceland—not only running but entering the final weeks of the campaign as the clear favorite—I was intently curious to be present when …

Duterte’s Reign of Terror

Since taking office and launching a "war on drugs" in early July, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been cheer-leading the extrajudicial …

From Bluebeard to Gone Girl: why I'm proud to be part of the 'domestic noir' comeback | Anna Snoekstra

From folktale to modern fiction, the narrative of wives and homemakers becoming pre-emptive detectives in their own victimhood still resonates<p>The crime section of my favourite bookstore has changed dramatically. What used to resemble a wall of books about burnt-out, middle aged male detectives now …

Take back control? It’s now clear the Brexiteers have no clue on immigration | Rafael Behr

Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and David Davis are holding a blank sheet of paper where they should have answers. Their campaign slogan sounds increasingly meaningless<p>Before the last election I shared a train journey with Ed Miliband and some of his advisers on their way to a live television debate. The …