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Women Are Writing the Best Crime Novels

They don’t seem to believe in heroes as much as their male counterparts, which in some ways makes their storytelling a better fit for the times.<p>Once upon a time, in the smoky, violent neverland of crime fiction, there were seductive creatures we called femmes fatales, hard women who lured sad men …

Books

Hacking the Humanities

Last spring, I taught a literature seminar called “Before Wikipedia.” The subject was the history of encyclopedic writing, from ancient times to the present day. We read excerpts of Isidore of Seville’s "Etymologies" and Diderot’s "Encyclopédie" alongside works by Calvino, Sebald, and Flaubert.<p>The …

The Persistence of Litmags

Why on Earth would you start a literary magazine? You won’t get rich, or even very famous. You’ll have to keep your day job, unless you’re a student or so rich you don’t need a day job. You and your lucky friends and the people you hire—if you can afford to pay them—will use their time and energy …

M.I.A. and Surkin's Gener8ion Share "The New International Sound Pt. II" Video

Today, French producer Surkin's Gener8ion project released a new EP called <i>The New International Sound Pt. II</i>. It features the previously shared eponymous M.I.A.-featuring single, and today, that track got a new music video. Directed by Inigo Westmeier, it features footage of the 36,000 students …

In New York, Even the Orgies Are Getting Gentrified

A new wave of erotic parties catering to 1 percenters and the 'sexual elite' has made group sex trendy again.<p>Palagia started throwing orgies because she needed the money. It was the late 90s, and she and her friends had been living in a West Village squat until it was burned down by mistake—her …

The Dos And Don'ts Of Writing An Online Dating Profile

There is such a lot of conflicting advice out there on how to write your online dating profile. And let's be honest, it is important to get it right. I've found it helpful to think about your profile rather like a cross between a CV and a great piece of PR. Does that sound tough? Well, if you want …

Gwyneth Paltrow Stays Healthy By Being Herself And Having Sex

Sounds like a dream.

Oslo synagogue 'peace ring' organizer blamed Jews for 9/11

Several hundred people gathered at a Norwegian synagogue to support Jews at an event which drew praise but also criticism because of an organizers …

The Psychology of Sexual Fantasy: Part 2

One of the natural consequences of having the ability to imagine is also having the skills to use our imaginations to conjure up sexual fantasies. But, just because we can think them up, doesn't mean we're comfortable talking about them, or further still, acting them out. With help from …

Action

Late last month, Jerome Bettis, a former Pittsburgh Steeler, race-walked into a meeting room above the cafeteria at ESPN headquarters. “They got me doing the shuffle,” he said, removing his suit jacket, loosening a purple polka-dot tie, and guzzling from a glass of water, as if rehydrating at …

How to Build a Happier Brain

A neuropsychological approach to happiness, by meeting core needs (safety, satisfaction, and connection) and training neurons to overcome a negativity bias<p>There is a motif, in fiction and in life, of people having wonderful things happen to them, but still ending up unhappy. We can adapt to …

Jonathan Franzen on the 19th-Century Writer Behind His Internet Skepticism

His new book translates works by Karl Kraus, whose misgivings toward progress mirror Franzen's belief that technology can be "very harmful" to artistic production.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b><p>Jonathan Franzen is the author …

Breaking Bad's Big Critique of the Macho (and Its Problem With Women)

The show's characters and its deepest conflicts were rooted in old ideas about gender.<p>When we first meet Walter White, his daily life is an endless parade of humiliations. His students disrespect him, his pregnant wife emasculates him, his alpha-male brother-in-law mocks him, and his employer …

What We’re Reading: Adelle Waldman, “Mating,” V. S. Pritchett

Adelle Waldman tackles a daunting challenge in <b>“The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.,”</b> to write from a man’s point of view about women. How accurate is it? I can’t know, but the book certainly felt real to me in its depiction of relationships, their endings, and the vagaries of the G train. I was also …