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The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude

A half-century ago, Gabriel García Márquez, after yet another visit to the pawnshop, sent his now signature novel to his publisher. As Solitude turns 50, Paul Elie interviews Gabo’s longtime agent—just weeks before her death, at 85—and discovers the events that led to a literary revelation.<p>The …

Literature

America’s secret arsenal

It’s one of the biggest secrets in the government: The U.S. has the most powerful cyberweapons on Earth. So what are they? And when will we use them?<p>To this day it remains one of the most sophisticated and mysterious offensive operations ever launched: Stuxnet, the computer virus specifically …

National Security

The Most Overlooked Movies of the Year

With a ridiculously crowded marketplace, and in a year when the silly ‘Jurassic World’ made over $1.6 billion worldwide, many cinematic gems failed …

Crime Reporting

We asked a few writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in specific categories. Here, the best in crime …

Inbox is a total reinvention of email from Google

The new Gmail app from the Gmail team isn't technically just an email app, at least if you ask them. It's called "Inbox," and it's being released as an invite-only system that works on the Chrome browser, Android phones, and iPhones. It feels completely native and fast on all of those systems. But …

China’s Dangerous Game

The country's intensifying efforts to redraw maritime borders have its neighbors, and the U.S., fearing war. But does the aggression reflect a government growing in power—or one facing a crisis of legitimacy?<p>In the tranquil harbors that dot the coastline of Palawan, a sword-shaped island in the …

Watch: This Is What It Looks Like To Get Tasered

(Literally) the most shocking Internet video ever made, with GIFs!<p><b>Ever see the bad guys taken down</b> on <i>Cops</i> and wondered just what it would feel like to get zapped by a Taser? Photographer Patrick Hall did, and he decided to make an art project out of it. Getting together a group of (willing) models, …

GIF Animations

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About ‘BoJack Horseman,’ Netflix’s First Crack At Animated Comedy

On Friday, Netflix continues its expansion into every corner of the entertainment and television universe with the original animated series <i>BoJack Horseman</i>. While it sounds like a terrible WWE gimmick created for a guy who looks like he could play Arn Anderson’s son, <i>BoJack</i> is actually an …

A Visual Alphabet-Dictionary of Unusual Words

As a lover of language and words, especially obscure and endangered words, I was instantly besotted with Project Twins’ visual interpretations of unusual words, originally exhibited at the MadArt Gallery Dublin during DesignWeek 2011.<p>Some of the designs are available as prints in the Project Twins …

Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about split infinitives, fused participles, and the meanings of words such as "fortuitous", "decimate" and "comprise". Supposedly a writer has to choose between two radically different approaches to these …

Everybody Gets an eBook: 46 Photography eBooks You Can Have for Free

To paraphrase the great Oprah Winfrey, “You get a photography eBook, YOU get a photography eBook, EVERYBODY gets photography eBooks!” Except in this …

Friends, fellow comedians react to Williams' death

ROBIN WILLIAMS THROUGH THE YEARS<p><b>(08-12) 11:00 PDT San Francisco</b> -- Friends and colleagues shared thoughts about Robin Williams, his work as a comedian and actor and his death.<p><b>Debi Durst, comedian</b><p>I first met him when I was doing improvisation with Spaghetti Jam- 1978-79 at the old Spaghetti Factory. …

The Hidden Ways Urban Design Segregates The Poor

There’s a name for uncomfortable benches, hard-to-reach parks, and ubiquitous surveillance: disciplinary architecture.<p>A few weeks ago, news emerged that a New York building was planning a separate entrance for residents of its low-income units–“poor doors.” Outrage ensued, but the truth is, urban …

Why Names Are So Easy to Forget

Nice to see you again, Suuu...Sandra? Samantha? Jennifer. Sorry.<p>Once, at a party, I was introduced to a friend of a friend. We shook hands, I told her my name, she told me hers. Then she did something that I was ever so grateful for.<p>"Hang on," she said. "Can you say your name again? I wasn't really …

Skynet Watch: Android Anchors Now Read the News

Robotic Ron Burgundy is coming to a broadcast near you.<p><i>(Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)</i><p><b>Coming straight out of my nightmares, these creepy and realistic "Kodomoroids"</b> made in Japan can read and report the news. With the written text entered into the system, the androids never stumble and …

Google's Android Wear Smartwatches Launching Today

Android gets friendly with your wrists with Google's new wearable platform.<p>At Google I/O, we got a better look at Android Wear, the new platform that …