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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

<b>David Yezzi</b> is the Poetry Editor of <i>The New Criterion</i>. His latest collection of poems is <i>Birds of the Air</i> (Carnegie Mellon).

"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

Go, Big Science! Eliza Shapiro reports on the BRAIN initiative, aimed at unlocking the brain’s mysteries.<p>We may not be colonizing Mars or putting …

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. …

South Africa

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 …


RT @BuzzFeedAndrew: What Twitter is like in one chart. Everyone can shut up now. http://t.co/Lt8GIIPmiM

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