Radhika Trivedi

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Want to read world literature? Try the 13 books on the Man Booker International Prize longlist

The shortlist will be announced on April 12, 2018.<p>The Man Booker International Prize currently recognises the best in translated fiction in English …

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This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

The human brain is the most amazing thing in the universe. It got us to the moon, built the pyramids, cured smallpox … <i>And it also can’t seem to go 6</i> …

University of California

If You're Looking for Something to Read in 2018, Barack Obama Has 10 Suggestions for You

The ex-president has time on his hands these days. He's used it to catch up on his reading.<p>What has former president Barack Obama been doing since leaving office in January 2017? There was jury duty, a few speeches, kitesurfing with Richard Branson, and of course some golf, but it looks like our …

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The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Doomed

But things are likely to get much, much worse before they—eventually—get better.<p>The protests sweeping Iran belie the once popular notion that the spirit of the Green Revolution that nearly toppled the Islamic Republic in 2009 has been extinguished. It is possible that an Islamist regime with little …

South Asia

What Your Resume Should Look Like in 2018

Plus a free downloadable template.<p>Let’s be honest: Writing a resume is a drag.<p>After all, this isn’t exactly a task for the gainfully employed. If …

Now, a big bubble theory

Scientists have said that the solar system could have formed in the bubbles produced by a giant, long-dead star, which was 40 to 50 times the size of …

Universe

The Power Politics Behind Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration

A few days after President Trump announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, I went to a friend’s house in Ramallah for dinner. We were by no means a cross-section of Palestinian society: I am a lawyer, and among the group was an architect, a professor, a …

What is the value of rationality, and why does it matter?

Rationality is a widely discussed term. Economists and other social scientists routinely talk about rational agents making rational choices in light …

Normative

Three books Stanford asks every new student to read

Fresh off the excitement of gaining acceptance into the most competitive university in America, Stanford University incoming freshmen will likely …

Donald Trump: A president swallowed by history

The US has tried and failed to create a capital for another state before. "Israeli" Jerusalem will be the next Saigon.<p>US President Donald Trump is a great impersonator. Not a day goes by without his desperate effort to masquerade as human. Surrounded by faux gold and fawning fools from his earliest …

Wayne Sorce's cityscapes captured NYC and Chicago in gorgeous color

'Urban Color'<p>Vivid visions of the American metropolis<p>1984<p>Born in Chicago in 1946, Wayne Sorce studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago …

India Before Instagram in the Magnificent Photographs of Raghubir Singh

In April of 1999, a month before he died unexpectedly, of a heart attack, at the age of fifty-six, Raghubir Singh gave his last lecture, at the International Center of Photography, in New York. By way of introduction, his friend and fellow lensman Thomas Roma told the audience, “To call Raghubir …

The Abyss

Music and amnesia.<p>In March of 1985, Clive Wearing, an eminent English musician and musicologist in his mid-forties, was struck by a brain infection—a herpes encephalitis—affecting especially the parts of his brain concerned with memory. He was left with a memory span of only seconds—the most …

How the CIA toppled Iranian democracy

At the moment, it is tense, divisive and delicate. Just over 60 years ago, things were not that different.<p>In 1953, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) organized a coup to oust Iran's democratically elected prime minister, Muhammad Mossadegh.<p>New details about the coup have now emerged after the …

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she had been rereading Richard Hughes’s “A High Wind in Jamaica,” which was first published in 1929 and is about a group of creepy little kids who become the unwanted wards of sad, listless pirates. She praised it, and her recommendation sent me to Amazon. The …

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