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How do people define their national identity? By speaking the language, study says

What does it mean to be an American? For that matter, what does it mean to be Japanese, Hungarian or Australian? All around the world, how we define our national identity is complicated and often fluid. However, you may be surprised to find how different countries often have similar measures of who …

Language

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

How Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data to help the Donald Trump campaign in the 2016 election.<p><i>This article was originally published January 28, 2017.</i><p><i>Update: March 17, 2018:</i> <i>Facebook lawyer Paul Grewal announced in a blog post Friday that the company has suspended Strategic Communication</i> …

Cambridge Analytica

The cases for and against 1984 as essential reading for 2017

Welcome to Vox’s weekly roundup of the best writing online about books and related subjects. Herewith is the best the internet has to offer for the week of January 23, 2017:<p>In the same week that the chair of the House Science Committee told the nation that Donald Trump is the sole reliable source …

Books

How the Battle for Sunlight Shaped New York City

As the city reached for the sky, those down below had to scramble for daylight.<p>Ever since 19th century city commissioners laid a grid on the hilly island of Manhattan, New York City has been squeezing skyward. That’s meant natural light has always been in short supply—for some New Yorkers more than …

Paris Review - Milan Kundera, The Art of Fiction No. 81

Interviewed by Christian Salmon<p>Issue 92, Summer 1984<p>Milan Kundera, ca. 1980. Photograph by Elisa Cabot<p>This interview is a product of several encounters with Milan Kundera in Paris in the fall of 1983. Our meetings took place in his attic apartment near Montparnasse. We worked in the small room that …

Literature
Books

A Show About the Hellenistic One Per Cent

When Alexander the Great conquered the Achaemenid Persian Empire and hauled off the treasures of its royal capitals, he unleashed perhaps the greatest economic stimulus package of all time. The city of Persepolis alone, taken by the Macedonian Army in 331 B.C., yielded enough gold and silver to …

Ancient History

5 Awesome Museums You Should Visit in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has always been one of the most profound places I've ever visited in the world.<p>Visiting Amsterdam gives you the feeling of home on a suburb level.<p>I tell you, try and visit the lovely sites all around her, meet the locals; they're super friendly and the overall experience of interacting …

Museums

The Cruel Irony of “The Americans”

When Karl Marx wrote that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, he couldn’t have known that a television show would find a way to take those two versions of history and combine them. But over the course of three seasons—the fourth premières this week, on FX—“The Americans” has …

A terrifying dystopian novel about class warfare in a 1970s high rise is now a film

StudioCanal UK/Youtube<p>One of the most disturbing books I've read in recent memory is now a film.<p>High Rise, JG Ballard's 1975 classic novel, features …

This Artist's Stunning Ice Portraits Show The Effects Of Climate Change

Most of us have a fraught relationship with global warming. We know it’s something we should care about, we’ve heard that there are things we can do …

Climate Change

13 Valuable Skills You Can Teach Yourself for Free

Here are 13 skills you can teach yourself for free, along with resources to help you acquire those skills.

Joe Biden in Jerusalem

On Tuesday, Vice-President Joe Biden arrived in Jerusalem, to discuss, among other things, a long-term military-aid package—in effect, funding for the Israel Defense Forces to acquire advanced American weapons. That morning, however, <i>Haaretz</i> reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had …

Under the Crushing Weight of the Tuscan Sun

I have sat on Tuscan-brown sofas surrounded by Tuscan-yellow walls, lounged on Tuscan patios made with Tuscan pavers, surrounded by Tuscan landscaping. I have stood barefoot on Tuscan bathroom tiles, washing my hands under Tuscan faucets after having used Tuscan toilets. I have eaten, sometimes on …

Paris Review - Woody Allen, The Art of Humor No. 1

Interviewed by Michiko Kakutani<p>Issue 136, Fall 1995<p>Woody Allen, ca. 1969. <i>Take the Money and Run</i><p>As New Yorkers know, Woody Allen is one of its more ubiquitous citizens—at courtside in Madison Square Garden watching the Knicks, at Michael’s Pub on Monday evenings playing the clarinet, on occasion at …

Literature
Books

Loose Lips

By Laura Moser March 5, 2012<p>Books<p>It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one’s back that are absolutely and entirely true.<br>—Oscar Wilde, <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray</i><p>I spent a recent Sunday morning at the baby shower of a friend made in adulthood. …

100 Best Books of the 21st Century Infographic

<b>100 Best Books of the 21st Century Infographic</b>We are only in the early part of the 21st century, but there are already a lot of amazing books to …

Books

Beauty and Beasts

“Knight of Cups” and “Zootopia.”<p>The new Terrence Malick film, “Knight of Cups,” sets off in hearty English style. We hear the voice of Sir John Gielgud, intoning the opening lines of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” and the celestial cadences of Vaughan Williams’s “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.” …

The Only Thing I Envy Men

I have often, in the past decade or so, wanted to write something about “women writers,” whatever that means (and whatever “about” means), but the words “women writers” seemed already to carry their own derogation, and I found the words slightly nauseating, in a way that reminded me of that fancy, …

Books

Top 10 Tools for a Free Online Education

For lifelong learners and self-made scholars, the internet is a priceless resource. Continue your education with these top free online tools.<p>10. Free …

The Tunnels of Gaza’s Next War

By all accounts, Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is on a tunnel-building streak. Hamas has boasted of building fifty tunnels since the Israel–Gaza conflict of July, 2014, though Israel insists those numbers are exaggerated. But residents of kibbutzim that border Gaza are increasingly warning …

Israel

How to Vote in Iran

I haven’t always voted in Iranian elections. I hesitate at the thought of voting in a country that gives me the decorative features of democracy but denies me the fundamentals. In 2009, though, I voted in the Presidential election. A young friend, who was born in the year of the revolution, had …

"How to Travel with a Salmon"

By Umberto Eco February 22, 2016<p>From the cover of <i>How to Travel with a Salmon</i>.<p><i>Umberto Eco’s essay “How to Travel with a Salmon” first appeared in our Summer 1994 issue; it was later the title piece in a collection of Eco’s essays. Eco died last Friday at his home in Milan. He was eighty-four. In an</i> …

Literature

Should Millennials Get Over Bernie Sanders?

Iowa’s most famous millennial, Taylor Gipple, is a twenty-two-year-old Des Moines native and recent college graduate who, as of the start of this year, had never voted in an election, let alone participated in the ethanol-and-circuses spectacle of his home state’s caucuses. Then he discovered …

Middle-class

“Sexual Politics” and the Feminist Work That Remains Undone

<i>This piece was drawn from the afterword to a new edition of “Sexual Politics,” by Kate Millett, which is out in February from Columbia University Press.</i><p>In the fall of 2014 <i>Time</i> magazine published a list of words that, it proposed, should be banned—a click-bait compilation of terms and phrases that …

Feminism

The Rebel Virgins and Desert Mothers Who Have Been Written Out of Christianity's Early History

The rebels of early Christianity, like Melania, Paula, Susan and that guy Jerome. (All Illustrations: Matt Lubchansky)<p>I. From Silk Robes to Hairshirts<p>…

איפה הכי כדאי ללמוד אדריכלות?

תחום האדריכלות ועיצוב הפנים נעשה בשנים האחרונות אופנתי מאוד בשוק הנדל"ן המקומי. אדריכלים בעלי שם מעצבים גם לפרויקטים עממיים, קבלנים מציעים לרוכשי …

The E.U. vs. B.D.S.: the Politics of Israel Sanctions

This past Monday, the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council reaffirmed a November requirement that Israel label products made in the settlements differently from those made in Israel. On Tuesday, the State Department spokesman John Kirby unexpectedly reinforced the E.U. position, saying that …

Israel