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Barbarossa June 1941: Who Attacked Whom?

John Erickson reviews the recent controversies surrounding Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union.<p>To read this article in full you need to be either a …

What Scientists Now Know About Repairing Memories

Each time a memory is recalled, the brain rebuilds it. Image courtesy of California Institute of Technology<p>For a long time, memories were thought of …

Judge: FBI Doesn't Need a Warrant to Access Google Customer Data

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In what looks very much like a blow to that whole Constitutional thing about due process, a federal …

60 Free Film Noir Movies

During the 1940s and 50s, Hollywood entered a “noir” period, producing riveting films based on hard-boiled fiction. These films were set in dark …

Los Angeles

The Meaning of (Making) Life

A synthetic biologist explores the intersection of culture, art, and microbes -- and cheese too.<p>Christina Agapakis is a rising star among the new generation of biology researchers. Trained in the science of custom-building organisms known as synthetic biology, the UCLA researcher likes to think …

Obama's Last Weapon in the Fight for Gun Regulations: Emotion

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>President Obama, tired and clearly emotional, made another pitch for Congress to act on new gun …

The Esquire Guide to Ending Lent

<b>Come Sunday, you're done.</b> Forty-six days. Forty-six nights. Over. Back to indulging that vice, the one you've been neglecting. We pulled together a compendium for you, broke it down by the transgression — to help you up to the saddle. Welcome back.<p><b>Cigarettes:</b> "Learning to Smoke" by Tom</b> …

Game of Thrones

Can Movies Be 'Solved?'

The new documentary Room 237 spotlights some strange fan theories about The Shining—but are they stranger than any given "eureka" theory about a film's meaning?<p>Warner Bros.<p>I've heard it called the "eureka moment," which seems as good a description as any. It will sometimes come to you after the …

Atlas Shrugged Book Club, Entry 8: Is Ayn Rand a Better Philosopher or Novelist?

In the final installment of our discussion, Conor Friedersdorf and Garance Franke-Ruta debate the merits of the controversial book's moral.<p>Patrick Feller/Flickr<p>One wonderful thing about novels: They can be smarter than their novelist.<p>Care for an example?<p>Ayn Rand the philosopher posits, via a …

Is My Marriage That Different From My Grandparents' Marriage?

The institution is always changing. But it doesn't feel as though the emphasis on love and companionship is significantly different now than it was in the past.<p>Candice Benjamin Photography<p>That wasn't ever negotiable.<p>I once conducted an interview about another couple from the World War II …

4 Things the Movie 'NO' Left Out About Real-Life Chile

Pablo Larraín's recent film borrowed from the actual effort to depose Pinochet, but reality was far messier than a catchy ad campaign.<p>It's been quite the year for historical half-truths in movies: First <i>Argo</i> inflamed debate about the actual Iranian hostage crisis. Then, <i>Zero Dark Thirty</i> was accused …