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Paris Review - Martin Amis, The Art of Fiction No. 151

Interviewed by Francesca Riviere<p>Issue 146, Spring 1998<p>Martin Amis, ca. 2012. Photograph by Maximilian Schönherr<p>Martin Amis was born on August 25, 1949, in Oxford, England, where his father, the Booker Prize–winning author Sir Kingsley Amis, was a doctoral student. He grew up in the various …

Paris Review - Jorge Luis Borges, The Art of Fiction No. 39

Interviewed by Ronald Christ<p>Issue 40, Winter-Spring 1967<p>Jorge Luis Borges. Photographer unknown.<p>This interview was conducted in July 1966, in conversations I held with Borges at his office in the Biblioteca Nacional, of which he is the director. The room, recalling an older Buenos Aires, is not …

In praise of sensible peeving

SO-CALLED "descriptivists" and "prescriptivists" in language love to hate each other. It's dirty hippies versus fascists, permissivists versus …

Poll: Majority of Americans Opposed to Being Killed by Drone

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—In a possible setback for the Administration’s controversial drone policy, a new poll conducted by the University of Minnesota shows that a broad majority of Americans are opposed to being killed by a drone strike on U.S. soil.<p>The poll, which has a margin of error …

The bitter fool

Our past successes are owed to our greatest ambassadors: our readers. Our future rests on your support, as <i>The New Criterion</i> Editor Roger Kimball …

"How'd you find that secret-compartments story, Brendan Koerner?"

Brendan Koerner’s recent <i>Wired</i> piece about Alfred Anaya, a “genius at installing secret compartments in cars,” was nothing short of delicious as a …

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

What the Internet is doing to our brains<p>"Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?” So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick’s <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>. Bowman, having nearly …

Obama Launches BRAIN Initiative to Map the Human Brain

We may not be colonizing Mars or putting another man on the moon, but the Obama administration took its first step toward Big Science innovation on …

World GDP

The five members of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) met in Durban this week to discuss their increasingly common interests. …

Globalization

Too thin a cushion

AMERICANS probably aren’t saving enough. Savings come in handy in many circumstances: when buying a home, paying for a child’s education, retiring, …

Social Network Overload

How often have you checked your social media accounts today? Feeling unplugged is a problem for many people. Social Network Overload from mylife.com …

The poor pope

PITY the pontiff. Not only does he face the urgent task of sorting out sordid power struggles in the heart of the Vatican; in the wider world of …

A sensitive matter

OVER the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat while greenhouse-gas emissions have continued to soar. The world added …

Carbon Dioxide

The Real Problem With Hooking Up: Bad Sex

A new book offers an insightful critique of hookup culture—but fails to pose viable solutions.<p>DreamWorks<p>The often discussed, much maligned, and occasionally defended "hookup culture" bears a name that perfectly captures the boring, lifeless, and dull sexuality that dominates the lives of too many …

The Simple Reason Why Goodreads Is So Valuable to Amazon

A small fraction of Americans buy the vast majority of books in this country. Goodreads gives Jeff Bezos & Co. a direct line into their thoughts and habits.<p>(Reuters)<p>Amazon is the king of online booksellers and, by most accounts, the most feared player in publishing. Yet last week it shelled out a …

Nina Tandon: Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine?

Molly Crockett: Beware neuro-bunk

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Andy Puddicombe

Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking -- you can do it, too

Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model. | Cameron Russell

Steven Schwaitzberg: A universal translator for surgeons

The secret to desire in a long-term relationship | Esther Perel

James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world?

Young-ha Kim: Be an artist, right now!

The art of asking | Amanda Palmer