Sonali Kamboj

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Everyone Has an Accent

I have an accent. So do you.<p>I am an immigrant who has spent nearly as much time in the United States as I have in my home country, Spain. I am also the director of Dartmouth’s language programs in Spanish and Portuguese. Both facts explain, but only partly, why I feel a special fondness for the FX …

Language

America’s First Female Mapmaker

A recent item for sale in the rare-book trade caught my eye. Boston Rare Maps had a series of twelve maps created by America’s first female mapmaker, Emma Willard. They were to accompany a textbook she had written, first issued in 1828. The maps for sale were from the second edition.<p>Willard is …

Native Americans

Mesmerizing new 'Harry Potter' covers out today to mark the series' 20th anniversary in US

It's been almost two decades since the first book in J.K. Rowling's beloved "Harry Potter" series was published in the U.S.<p>To celebrate the milestone …

Books

Joseph Heller’s Handwritten Outline for Catch-22, One of the Great Novels of the 20th Century

We remember <i>Catch-22</i>, more than half a century after its publication, as a rollicking satire of American military culture in wartime. But those of us …

Literature

What it's like in the 7 countries on Trump's travel ban list

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US Supreme Court has upheld a ban by President Donald Trump on travel to the US from seven countries: North Korea, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Venezuela.<p>The ruling comes after months of challenges to Trump's executive order on immigration, which previously targeted only …

Middle East

Romain Gary: The greatest literary conman ever?

He was a hero of the French resistance – and hoaxer extraordinaire, inventing a writer who went on to pen the bestselling French novel of the 20th Century. So why isn’t Romain Gary better known around the world, asks Hephzibah Anderson.<p>Hemingway was a philandering bear-slayer who chased wars and …

Literature

Will we stop speaking and just text?

The young often text more than make calls so is speech itself doomed? Texting may be closer to speech than formal written language, writes James Harbeck.<p>Say this out loud: <i>zomg wtfffffff im going 2 pwn you!!!!1111 lololol</i><p>Well, OK, you can’t. And yet, in its loosely structured live interactivity, …

Language

The unromantic, untold story of the great US divorce spree of 1946

The end of World War II marked the beginning of beautiful love stories for thousands of US couples, as sweethearts who’d deferred marriage during the war rushed to wed in peacetime.<p>But 1946 is also the year of a demographic blip often overlooked in the history of postwar America: an unprecedented …

Great Depression

Why The Thinker should be called The Mourner

Grief is ubiquitous in art – one curator even has suggested The Thinker should be called The Mourner. Alastair Sooke takes a look at its history.<p>She looks like she is sleeping, her beautiful features resting gently upon one hand. Yet, when the Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck created a likeness of …

Art

An Insider’s Tour of New York’s Disappearing Magic History

Peek behind the curtain of once-magnificent venues and the back rooms where magicians share their secrets.<p>Fifteen of us are gathered in front of the …

Coney Island

Amid a Civil War, These Syrians Keep Dancing

Video<p>The group calling themselves 'Dare' says they are using dance as an agent of change in a nation beset by conflict.<p>Video<p>Syria’s civil war and the devastation it has wrought on the country’s people have made headlines around the world since 2011. Images of the strife-ridden nation have been …

War

On Writing Letters to Famous Strangers

As a teenager, I wrote letters to strangers. I was trying to write my way out of my parent’s house, where I was psychically trapped. Like an alien seeking contact, I started by doing research. I went to the Bethesda Library, where they had phone books from all over the country. I remember being …

George Washington

Inside the Failed Plot to Overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

The plot, code-named Operation Constitution, involved scores of captains, colonels, and generals from all four branches of Venezuela’s armed forces. …

Venezuela

The Startups Waging War Against Superbugs

Anand Anandkumar’s father was a physician who spent his career fighting infectious diseases in the South Indian city of Chennai. It was an infection …

Medicine

How to Survive When Money Is Worthless

A year and a half after I was kicked out of Venezuela, I returned to find out how Venezuelans are holding on as the country falls apart and inflation makes buying a single cup of coffee nearly impossible.

Venezuela

The DNA Cops Who Make Sure the World’s Deadliest Viruses Aren’t Rebuilt

Ginkgo Bioworks is helping stop a new class of lethal biological weapons from being created.<p>Genetic engineering could help produce more resilient …

Obama Administration

How Isaac Newton's Apple Tree Spread Across the World

Clones and descendants of the famed tree grow on 6 continents.<p>At Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, England, the ancestral home of Sir Isaac Newton, …

George Washington

The museum preserving the memories of broken hearts

Discover the everyday objects and mementos that embody a love that’s failed. Step inside the museum of broken relationships.<p>“It’s a love museum – just maybe upside down,” says Dražen Grubišić, co-founder of The Museum of Broken Relationships.<p>At first glance, the museum, situated in Zagreb, Croatia, …

Relationships

‘Cwtch’: The hug invented by the Welsh

‘Cwtch’ has no literal English translation, but is an emotionally significant embrace and an intrinsically Welsh word that evokes a sense of home.<p>I’m a quarter Welsh. My darling grandmother grew up in the Rhondda Valley, a small mining town where her father was the school principal. She didn’t …

Language

The Egyptian hike that’s rewriting history

The Sinai Trail has been dubbed the world’s best hike, and, while there are harder, headier walks, none are so rich with history – and none were built on such an unlikely friendship.<p>There were no signposts in the desert, but Faraj Mahmoud knew the way. A veteran guide of the mountain-dwelling …

Hiking

Switzerland’s mysterious fourth language

Despite Romansh being one of Switzerland’s four national languages, less than 0.5% percent of Swiss can speak it.<p><i>Discurras ti rumantsch?</i><p>Despite Romansh being one of Switzerland’s four national languages, less than 0.5% percent of Swiss can answer that question – ‘Do you speak Romansh?’ – with a …

Language

Beyond Big Brother: 12 Obscure Orwell Quotes

This week would have been George Orwell’s 115th birthday, and in many ways it’s easier to imagine him still here with us, commenting solemnly about events as they unfold, than it is to concede that certain observations of his from the era of Stalin and Hitler have remained <i>this</i> relevant.<p>While nary a …

Literature

India Has Discovered an Amazing Planet Where a Year Lasts Just 19.5 Days

Absolutely incredible.<p>In an exciting first, Indian scientists have discovered a sub-Saturn exoplanet orbiting a Sun-like star around 600 light-years …

Astronomy

The Quest to Find a Trillion-Dollar Nuclear Fuel on the Moon

India’s space program wants to go where no nation has gone before -– to the south side of the moon. And once it gets there, it will study the …

Space Exploration

How to Count Every Language in India

There are at least 780.<p>In 1898, George A. Grierson, an Irish civil servant and philologist, undertook the first ever Linguistic Survey of India. It …

Language

On the Frontier of Apocalypse

As the events in Afghanistan unfold, the scariest place on the planet may be just next door. Patched together like Frankenstein’s monster by the British under Lord Mountbatten, Pakistan, a nation mired in hypocrisy, has partially repudiated its ties to al-Qaeda and the Taliban in order to squeeze …

On The Road With Arafat

When Yasser Arafat gave T.D. Allman ten minutes to scramble aboard his private jet, he refused to say where they were going. Forty hours and four countries later, it was clear to Allman that the real journey had been through the secret workings of Arafat’s world.<p>“Now!” said the voice. “Hurry! Bring …

The Vietnam Syndrome

Agent Orange, used by the U.S. to defoliate Vietnam’s jungles, has now poisoned a third generation. From Ho Chi Minh City to the town of Ben Tre, photographer James Nachtwey and the author confront that ecocide’s most shocking legacy—horrifyingly deformed children—even as new lawsuits could bring …

9/11: The Tapping Point

What if, two years before the 9/11 attacks—with the installation of a cell-phone-and-Internet system in Afghanistan—the U.S. had been handed complete access to al-Qaeda and Taliban calls and e-mails? A secret deal was in place in 1999, the author reveals, but Washington dropped the ball.<p>One morning …

Visit to a Small Planet

North Koreans worship their dead dictator, Kim Il Sung, and his son the reigning Kim Jong Il, despite the surreal nightmare of famine, isolation, repression, and nuclear peril the dynasty has spawned. In Pyongyang, the author wonders whether mass delusion is the only thing that keeps a people …