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Trump is what happens when postmodernism goes too far, Michiko Kakutani argues

In Michiko Kakutani’s new book, <i>The Death of Truth</i>, out July 17 from Tim Duggan Books, the former chief book critic of the New York Times puts forward an intriguing argument: The American right’s discard for the truth is a descendent of the postmodern movement, which ruled American and European …

Donald Trump

Giving Up on Baseball

I think I’m just going to have to accept the fact that I am no longer a baseball fan. This is a difficult admission for me to make, because baseball …

Baseball

The Great Apple Keyboard Cover-Up

BREAKING (July 13, 2018): Here’s an inflammatory take for you: Apple’s new <i>quieter</i> keyboard is actually a conspiracy to fix their keyboard reliability …

MacBook Pro

The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre review - an acting tour de force

There's surprising and then there's <i>The Lehman Trilogy,</i> the National Theatre premiere in which a long-established director surprises his audience and, …

The Theatre

Chicago's last Sears to close for good Sunday

Mike Lord remembers treating the Sears at Six Corners as a neighborhood hangout when he was a kid.<p>When his parents pushed to turn off the TV and get outside, he would sneak over to the store’s TV department to watch Cubs games.<p>“It was my babysitter when I couldn’t get friends together to play …

Sears

Let there be light: 'ghost' particle found a mile beneath Antarctica holds key to breakthrough in physics

The secrets of the origins of light are set to be unlocked by the discovery of an elusive “ghost” particle a mile beneath Antarctica, scientists have announced.<p>Astronomers have for the first time identified the source of a high-energy neutrino which shot through a solid ice laboratory at the South …

Physics

Trump’s Dad Was So Racist, Woody Guthrie Wrote A Song About It

In 1950, Woody Guthrie signed a lease for an apartment in Brooklyn; his landlord was Fred C. Trump<p><i>By</i> <i>Mariel Loveland</i><p>In 2015, future President Donald …

Beaches

Yes, he can: Obama debuts as Sherlock Holmesian detective

Step aside Holmes and Watson; back off Poirot and Hastings. A new pair of amateur sleuths are hitting town this month: Barack Obama and Joe Biden.<p>Andrew Shaffer’s Hope Never Dies opens as Biden, his narrator, mopes around the house shortly after the 2016 presidential election. Obama is “on the …

Cover Art

The Strange Prophecies in Norman Mailer’s “The Armies of the Night”

“On a day somewhat early in September, the year of the first March on the Pentagon, 1967, the phone rang one morning and Norman Mailer, operating on his own principle of war games and random play, picked it up.” So begins Norman Mailer’s “The Armies of the Night,” and, as I read it almost fifty …

Literature

Humans Didn’t Evolve From a Single Ancestral Population

In the 1980s, scientists learned that all humans living today are descended from a woman, dubbed “Mitochondrial Eve,” who lived in Africa between …

Humanity

A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns

Five years ago, 25-year-old radical libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the trigger on the world’s first …

Guns

Apple’s USB-blocking update is already counter-blocked

Yesterday, Apple’s iOS 11.4.1 update secured the USB Lightning port on iPhones and iPads. And already there is a workaround, allowing cops and criminals to retain access to the port, and then use their hacking tools to extract your private data.<p>USB Restricted Mode<p>In iOS 11.4.1, and also in the …

iOS

Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go is announced at last

After weeks of leaks, the device is launching in 26 markets today.<p>Confirming weeks of leaks and speculation, Microsoft today announced the latest …

Mobile Technology

Google may have to make major changes to Android in response to a forthcoming fine in Europe

Google could face a record penalty this month from European regulators for forcing its search and Web-browsing tools on the makers of Android-equipped smartphones and other devices, potentially resulting in major changes to the world’s most widely deployed mobile operating system.<p>The punishment …

google's

Microsoft’s Surface Go tablet has a 10-inch screen and starts at $399

The smaller Surface has returned<p>Microsoft is getting back into the cheaper tablet game today with the new Surface Go, a smaller, less powerful take on the popular Surface Pro device. The Go features a 10-inch screen, integrated kickstand, Windows 10, and a similar design to the Surface Pro, and …

Gear & Gadgets

Hackers and cops hate Apple’s iOS 11.4.1 update

The iOS version debuting today partially deactivates the Lightning port after an iPhone hasn’t been used for an hour. This makes iPhone hacking more difficult, for both criminals and law enforcement.<p>Previously, this feature was available in iOS betas. This is the first time it’s been in a public …

iOS

Apple’s Shortcuts will flip the switch on Siri’s potential

At WWDC, Apple pitched Shortcuts as a way to ”take advantage of the power of apps” and “expose quick actions to Siri.” These will be suggested by the OS, can be given unique voice commands and will even be customizable with a dedicated Shortcuts app.<p>But because this new feature won’t let Siri …

Apps

The 4 risky options to rescue the Thai boys trapped in a cave, explained

The boys may have to swim out of the cave, accompanied by a “buddy” expert diver.<p>Thai officials are still fine-tuning the plan to rescue the 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach who are trapped in a cave in northern Thailand, as the possibility of heavy rains that could threaten the boys’ safety …

Scuba Diving

Early testimonial of iOS 12’s ‘Live Listen’ with AirPods shows just how useful it could be

With iOS 12, Apple is expanding its “Live Listen” feature to AirPods. This means users can have their iPhone act as a directional microphone, with audio being played back live to a pair of AirPods.<p>The feature could have incredible benefits for those with hearing problems, and one of the early …

iOS

When Patriotism Loses Its Universality

When nationalism-sold-as-patriotism becomes the primary rationale for any party in power, the toxic process of polarization and partisanship gets …

Political Science

In lost interview, Stanley Kubrick explains the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Fifty years since it was first screened, <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> continues to cause confusion and debate. Stanley Kubrick’s epic film reimagined what …

Stanley Kubrick

Why restore the Uptown Theatre at all? It's savvy, and plus there's a better reason

On July 1, Neil Young played a sold-out concert at Chicago's historic Auditorium Theatre, part of the music legend's summer solo tour. Young saw great historical resonance in the gig, reminding fans that a nascent Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young played the Auditorium just before Woodstock in 1969, …

Urban Planning

The Galaxy Note S Pen has plateaued and that’s perfect

At first, the Galaxy Note 9 sounded like it was going to be yet another unexciting 2018 flagship like the Galaxy S9 earlier this year. Then came the …

Gear & Gadgets

Baseball needs fixing, and it starts with the courage to think radically

In less than two weeks, baseball will hold its first Washington All-Star Game since 1969, when the newly renamed Robert F. Kennedy Stadium hosted a contest in which Bob Gibson relieved Steve Carlton, in which Ernie Banks pinch-hit for Gibson, in which Roberto Clemente replaced Banks. Seventeen …

Baseball

Making the Movies Un-American

“Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” Members of the House Committee on Un-American Activities raised this question …

J. Edgar Hoover

Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags

For 20 years, privacy advocates have been sounding the alarm about commercial online surveillance, the way that companies gather deep dossiers on us …

Cambridge Analytica

This one strategic decision consigned Apple Maps to mediocrity

Apple relied heavily on third-party data sources for the first iteration of its mapping app. Bad move.<p>If you want something done right, do it yourself. If only Apple had remembered that six years ago when it launched Maps, which relied heavily on third-party data.<p>Flash forward to today and Google …

Maps

Software delays, lack of purpose means Microsoft’s “Andromeda” may never arrive

Essential software components reportedly won't be in the next major Windows update.<p>We've seen over the past few months a growing number of signs that …

Windows 10

The 19th-century painter with a warning for America

Thomas Cole’s epic landscapes carry an ominous message<p>Thomas Cole, a painter known for his romantic depictions of the American landscape, was born in …

Art

Microsoft has been dreaming of a pocketable dual-screen Surface device for years

<i>The Verge</i> revealed last week that Microsoft wants to create a “new and disruptive” dual-screen device category to influence the overall Surface roadmap and blur the lines between what’s considered PC and mobile. Codenamed Andromeda, Microsoft’s project has been in development for at least two years …

Andromeda