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The Narcissism of Romantic Obsession

In certain circles, Chris Kraus's autobiographical novel "I Love Dick" is adored for its unflinching examination of a woman's overwhelming romantic obsession. But it also anticipated the rise of narcissism as a feminist virtue.<p>"I could tell you in the vaguest of terms that I have an academic book …

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How Will the End of Cheap Money Affect the Trump Economy?

The price of money—what we pay to borrow to buy a home, a car, or a new refrigerator—is normally set by market forces of supply and demand, just like other commodities, such as copper, sugar, gold, or crude oil. But in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, which nearly wiped out the country’s …

50 Books from the Past 50 Years Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Challenge accepted.<p>Fifty contemporary classics everyone should read at least once—only 50? There are hundreds we could include, and if we did, this …

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

• This article is the subject of legal complaints on behalf of Cambridge Analytica LLC and SCL Elections Limited.<p><i>“The connectivity that is the heart of globalisation can be exploited by states with hostile intent to further their aims.[…] The risks at stake are profound and represent a fundamental</i> …

Cambridge Analytica

The Last Last Cigarette

I’ve smoked well over a hundred thousand cigarettes in my life, and each one of those cigarettes meant something to me. I even enjoyed a few of them. I’ve smoked O.K., great, and terrible cigarettes; I’ve smoked dry and moist, aromatic and almost-sweet cigarettes. I’ve smoked hastily, and other …

Holden Caulfield’s Christmas Prequel to ‘Catcher in the Rye’

Before J.D. Salinger’s iconic teenaged character ever appeared in the author’s most famous novel, he was the protagonist of a Christmas short story …

Literature

A madman has been given the keys to the surveillance state

When the USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law on October 26, 2001, it erased many of the vital checks and balances that stood between the American …

Going There with Donald Trump

“How the hell do <i>I</i> know what I find incredible?” a bemused philosopher asks in Tom Stoppard’s play “Jumpers.” “Credibility is an expanding field … and sheer disbelief hardly registers on the face before the head is nodding with all the wisdom of instant hindsight.” This is a now familiar emotion, a …

Virtual Classrooms Can Be as Unequal as Real Ones

Online courses are praised for their potential to make education accessible to everyone—but they’re leaving students behind.<p>When massive open online courses, or MOOCs, exploded in popularity in the early 2010s, educators were particularly excited about the courses’ potential to give disadvantaged …

Even Black Preschool Teachers Are Biased

A new study shows that African American early educators hold students of the same race to a higher discipline standard.<p>The trend is a familiar one, documented across grade levels: Black students are disciplined more harshly than their white classmates. They’re about four times as likely to be …

Why the 'Happiness Hormone' Serotonin May Actually Make You Scared

The science of happiness is getting complicated.<p>Serotonin was supposed to be our friend. Though often referred to by science blogs as the "happiness hormone," in recent years, serotonin's role in making us happy has come into question.<p>If you've ever taken selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors …

Neuroscience

Relaxing Tea Better Fucking Work

SMYRNA, DE—Saying he needed to be transported to a tranquil, untroubled state of calmness pronto, local man Pete McCartin, 29, told reporters …

Colin Powell, the Last Reasonable Man

Hacked emails show the former secretary of state is frustrated with Hillary Clinton, thinks Benghazi was a non-story, is still angry about Iraq, and hates Donald Trump<p>Sometimes bad advice can be given with good intentions.<p>Writing to Hillary Clinton just after she took office as secretary of state, …

What If Schools Abolished Grade Levels?

Sorting kids by age or ability creates problems, according to our panel of education experts.<p><i>This is the sixth installment in our series about school in a perfect world. Read previous entries on calendars, content, homework, teachers, and classrooms.</i><p>We asked prominent voices in education—from …

How We Learn Fairness

A pair of brown capuchin monkeys are sitting in a cage. From time to time, their caretakers give them tokens, which they can then exchange for food. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that capuchin monkeys prefer grapes to cucumbers. So what happens when unfairness strikes—when, in exchange for …

Google is secretly creating a new OS that's not based on Linux

Here’s a bit of unexpected Friday news: Google is building a completely new operating system. As in, not just an upgrade to Android or Chrome OS, but instead, a new system that’s not derived from the Linux kernel.<p>It’s called Fuchsia. While Google hasn’t officially announced anything about the OS, …

Back to the Drawing Board for Physics?

Decades of failed predictions show that nature might not work as expected.<p>Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Europe have explored the properties of nature at higher energies than ever before, and they have found something profound: nothing new.<p>It’s perhaps the one thing that no one …

Who Is Leonidas of Rhodes?

Michael Phelps beat a more than 2,000-year-old Olympic record set by the champion athlete of the ancient games.<p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> Leonidas of Rhodes had a good run as the greatest athlete in the world, as far as most individual wins in Olympic competition go. His record lasted 2,168 years, until this …

Considering a Big Change? Go for It, Says Evidence From 20,000 Coin Flips

Steven Levitt, an economist and the co-author of Freakonomics, studied what happened when people made major life decisions based on random chance.<p>Steven Levitt, the University of Chicago economist who co-authored the book <i>Freakonomics: The Hidden Side of Everything</i>, says he’s long been fascinated by …

Why It Sucks to Play 'Pokemon Go' If You Don't Live in a White Neighborhood

The game broke the Internet, but not everywhere equally.<p>This week, the Urban Institute released a report on the equitable distribution of resources or lack thereof in Pokémon Go. As it turns out, in Pok—don’t laugh! It’s a thing! The most interesting thing about playing Pokémon Go is where you play …

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Four More Beers

In early fall it came out that President Obama brews his own beer. He calls it the White House Honey Ale. He also makes a honey porter and a honey …

What Is the Musical.ly App? Meet Jacob Sartorius, Loren Gray and More Musical.ly Tween Stars

Jacob Sartorius appears to have been created in a lab to be the perfect idol for preteen girls. He is slender and tan, with thick, light-brown hair, big eyes, and rosy cheeks. He is 13, but looks much younger. He is textbook eighth-grade cute. Every day, Sartorius tweets and Instagrams phrases that …

Obamacare’s sinking safety net

As millions get covered, a POLITICO investigation finds that dozens of the insurers that the health care law depends on are losing money and even abandoning the system. Can it be fixed?<p>If you’re looking to find a smashing Obamacare success story—a place where the nation’s biggest and most …

Health Care

Ethicists say voting with your heart, without a care about the consequences, is actually immoral

The political stakes in the UK and the US are high, yet both countries have of late embraced impractical candidates with far-left ideologies. In the UK, those who voted for socialist Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, when he had little experience, may be ruing their decision after his failure to to …

Morality

The Class Inversion of American Politics Accelerates

Donald Trump’s Republicans are becoming the party of blue-collar white voters, as college-educated white voters slip away.<p>The reshaping of the two parties’ coalitions under the blast-force pressure of Donald Trump’s iconoclastic candidacy may reach unprecedented heights in 2016, the first polls …

‘The Very Real Racism’ Within the Black Community

An African American reader, Allene, wants to start a conversation about the “misconceptions about being black in America.” (She also highlights the trailer for a documentary on shadism, <i>Dark Girls</i>, seen above.) Allene writes:<p>I understand that you all are busy—very busy—with the convention this week, …

Top aide: Trump will channel 1968 Nixon in speech

<b>Cleveland (CNN) —</b> Previewing the most anticipated speech of the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump's campaign chairman said Monday the presumptive GOP nominee will model his convention speech after that of Richard Nixon's in 1968.<p>Paul Manafort, Trump's top aide, said the real estate mogul …

Black Voters

Like Airbnb, Trump-Pence logo designer forgot that the internet has a dirty mind

The campaign probably intended to convey a partnership. Social media wags saw a coupling.<p>Sometimes social media can’t help but channel its inner 13-year-old.<p>As Donald Trump announced his new running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, his campaign unveiled a new logo that immediately became the object …

Gravity doesn’t care about quantum spin

New measurements fail to show connection between gravity and quantum mechanics.<p>Physics, as you may have read before, is based around two wildly …

Quantum Mechanics

Robots are set to take the jobs of millions of Asian workers in the coming years

In the next few decades, about 56% of all salaried workers in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam could be displaced by automation and advanced technologies, such as 3D printing. That’s the conclusion of an extensive series of new studies by the International Labour …

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