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Paula Modersohn-Becker: Modern Painting’s Missing Piece

Learning about a cult artist—those underappreciated geniuses whose influence on a given art form are not yet widely recognized—is one of life’s great pleasures. I count among such moments the day, in 1984, when my then-girlfriend (now wife) showed me an obscure, out-of-print monograph she had …

Is Crowdfunding Good for Investors?

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission set new rules for people seeking to use online platforms to raise money for their companies. Soon, some startups could start raising funds not from venture-capital firms or wealthy individuals, but from the general public. Think Kickstarter, the Web …

We Call That Failure Art

<i>The following is adapted from a speech the author gave at the Whiting Writers’ Awards on October 21, 2013.</i><p>I said yes to doing this speech tonight for three reasons. The first is, of course, because the emergence of writers of talent, integrity, distinction, wit, vision, and imagination is always a …

Dickensian Ambition And Emotion Make 'Goldfinch' Worth The Wait

"Dickensian" is one of those literary modifiers that's overused. But before I officially retire this ruined adjective (or exile it to Australia, as Dickens himself would have done), I want to give it one final outing, because no other word will do. Here goes: Donna Tartt's grand new novel, <i>The</i> …

Local Charities Gear Up For Cut To Food Stamp Benefits

More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will be getting a bit less starting Friday when a temporary benefit enacted as part of the federal stimulus expires.<p>The Department of Agriculture, which runs the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, or SNAP, as the food stamp program …

Heat, Drought Draw Farmers Back To Sorghum, The 'Camel Of Crops'

Much of the world is turning hotter and dryer these days, and it's opening new doors for a water-saving cereal that's been called "the camel of crops": sorghum. In an odd twist, this old-fashioned crop even seems to be catching on among consumers who are looking for "ancient grains" that have been …

Israeli Warplanes Reportedly Strike Russian Missiles In Syria

Unnamed U.S. officials have told CNN and The Associated Press that Israeli warplanes destroyed a shipment of Russian missiles at a Syrian airbase. But officials in Tel Aviv won't comment on the reported attack near the port of Latakia overnight on Wednesday.<p>"We're not commenting on these reports," …

The sublime ghost stories of Susan Hill

Spooky new audiobooks by the author of “The Woman in Black” to while away an autumn night<p>Laura Miller<p>October 31, 2013 7:00pm (UTC)<p>The ghost stories of the British writer Susan Hill are not terribly original, but they are very effective. You get the impression that every morning Hill drinks a …

What witches have to do with women’s health

<b>(Wikimedia)</b><p>Women used to be charged with witchcraft essentially for practicing medicine. We haven’t come that far<p>Soraya Chemaly<p>October 31, 2013 8:36pm (UTC)<p>I recently attended a lunch with a group of women to talk about food and health. I’d come to the conclusion that my health would be better …

15 scary, beautiful scenes of skeletons

The new book “Diableries” features 19th-century images of skeletons doing everything from feasting to ice-skating<p>Jenny Kutner<p>October 31, 2013 9:20pm (UTC)<p>What do you get when you put the lead guitarist from Queen together with a whole bunch of Victorian-era skeletons? The answer: "Diableries," a …

Quickly warming oceans “may buy us some time” to deal with climate change

<b>(SurangaSL/Shutterstock)</b><p>A new study finds that the Pacific Ocean is warming at 15 times the pace of the past 10,000 years<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>October 31, 2013 9:33pm (UTC)<p>Analysis of 10,000 years of oceanic history suggests that the oceans may store more heat from global warming than previously believed, …