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Middlemarch: Jennifer Egan on how George Eliot’s unorthodox love life shaped her masterpiece

It is striking that the author of the most brilliant literary study of marriage in English was a woman whose unorthodox romantic partnership excluded her from polite society. Mary Ann Evans, who took the pseudonym of George Eliot when she began publishing fiction, lived for 24 years with George …

Literature

No laptops in the lecture hall

<b>How about this instead: No lecture hall.</b><p>The typical classroom experience used in high school and college is fundamentally broken, but there’s a …

I'm a millionaire who creates zero jobs. Why do I pay less tax than you?

Our tax code is deliberately designed to reward money over work, and the corporate tax cut financially rewards companies for moving money and jobs overseas<p>In 2013, just a few years after the 2008 financial crisis, I was part of BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory Group working for the Greek …

Finance

Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency

On May 1, 2003, the day President George W. Bush landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in front of the massive “Mission Accomplished” sign, I was in Baghdad performing what had become a daily ritual. I went to a gate on the side of the Republican Palace, in the Green Zone, where an American soldier …

Donald Trump

Did you solve it? The hipster bicycle race

On my puzzle blog earlier today I set the following questions:<p>1) <i>Two hipsters, Atticus and Abe, were arguing about whose electronic bicycle was the slowest. They decided to race them along a 100m track. They agreed that the bike reaching the finish line last would be the winner. The guys got on</i> …

Puzzles

How Far Can Becky Hammon Go in the N.B.A.?

The former women’s-basketball star has broken convention by becoming the league’s first female assistant coach.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>It was August, 2012, and Becky Hammon, the point guard of the Silver Stars, San Antonio’s …

Basketball

Poetry in America series on PBS

Poetry in America is an upcoming 12-part series exploring poetry on a variety of topics. Each episode features the discussion of a single poem — “I …

Hot Agnostic Buns: A Proposal For A Pagan-Christian-Secular Easter Treat

It's no secret that Easter, a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, has deep ties to ancient pagan rituals celebrating the renewal of spring.<p>And hot cross buns, the classic Easter treat, is a perfect example of how traditional foods can be repurposed to support new …

Hot Cross Buns

Reimagining the High School Transcript

How do we improve teaching and learning? What’s the best way to assess student progress? As educators tackle these questions, a group of schools has …

Teaching

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look<p>Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing<p>Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store …

Time I

The three crises of liberal democracy

We now swim in dangerous waters, and we can no longer take the persistence of liberal democracy for granted<p>Over the past few years, I have frequently been reminded of David Foster Wallace’s commencement address at Kenyon College in 2005. Wallace began with the story of two fish swimming together, …

Political Science

Bitcoin is based on the blockchain pipe dream

Overpriced cryptocurrencies owe their diminishing credibility to an over-hyped technology<p>Predictions that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will fail typically elicit a broader defence of the underlying blockchain technology. Yes, the argument goes, more than half of “initial coin offerings” to …

Blockchain

What Critics Don't Understand About Gun Culture

I carry a weapon—and it’s tied me closer to my community.<p>My wife knew something was amiss when the car blocked our driveway. She was outside our house, playing with our kids on our trampoline, when a car drove slowly down our rural Tennessee street. As it reached our house, it pulled partially in …

Guns

Trump’s Real Scandal Is Hiding in Plain Sight

The emphasis placed on whether the Trump team colluded with Russia to interfere in the election threatens to overshadow the scandal in plain sight.<p>There was a time when the White House’s frequent denials of collusion with Russia appeared largely defensive. Over time, however, their primary purpose …

Donald Trump

The Teens Will Save Us

Every year, before I teach 1984 to my seniors, I run a simulation. Under the guise of “the common good,” I turn my classroom into a totalitarian …

Has Anyone Seen the President?

Michael Lewis goes to Washington in search of Trump and winds up watching the State of the Union with Steve Bannon.<p>Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, the other congressional Republicans. …

Donald Trump

A friendly scene: the landscapes of Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn

“We had wonderful conversations,” recalls the painter Wayne Thiebaud, aged 97, of his friend and fellow artist Richard Diebenkorn. Proof of that can …

An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …

Football’s Long Eclipse

The Super Bowl is the most popular annual event in American life. When the ritual began, in 1967, the Green Bay Packers, of the National Football League, defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, of the American Football League, by a score of 35–10, and, although the Los Angeles Coliseum contained patches …

Elena Ferrante: ‘The experience of writing a diary transformed me into a fiction writer’

I thought that when one writes, it makes no sense to be contained, to censor oneself<p>I kept a diary for several years as a girl. I was a timid adolescent; all I said was yes, and mostly I was silent. In my diary, on the other hand, I let go: I recounted in detail what happened to me every day, very …

Literature

Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes Are Betraying the Constitution in the Service of Donald Trump

John NicholsThe Speaker of the House has abandoned his duty to defend the authority of the House in order to serve as an agent of the president.The …

Donald Trump

The True Story Behind A $1M Donation… in Bitcoin

Last month, I noticed a few people on my Facebook feed sharing a link to a Reddit post that announced the launch of something called the Pineapple …

Inspiration

Trump is winning

Trump is making us a little more like him, and politics a little more like the tribal clash he says it is.<p>There are two Trump presidencies.<p>One of them is the official presidency of Donald Trump, leader of the Republican Party, driver of the legislative agenda, head of the executive branch.<p>A year …

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies – what digital money really means for our future

Digital currencies such as bitcoin have caused a financial frenzy. Alex Hern explains what they are – and whether this is the end of ‘real’ money<p><b>What is a cryptocurrency? Is it like bitcoin?</b><br>In a word, yes. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency, and is still the biggest, but in the eight years since …

Bitcoin

Is This the Beginning of the End of the Bitcoin Bubble?

The cryptocurrency was meant to be stateless and leaderless. Ironically, the culprits of its latest plunge are ... state leaders.<p>Bitcoin is a bubble.<p>That much was clear to economists, investors, and analysts for quite some time. But one of the shortcomings of such analysis is that certainty of an …

Stock Markets

Tom Cotton, David Perdue, and the Trap of Lying for Donald Trump

On Monday, the Washington <i>Post</i> shed some light on how Senators Tom Cotton, of Arkansas, and David Perdue, of Georgia, felt able to assert that President Donald Trump had not referred to Africa as a collection of “shithole” countries—a comment that the White House itself did not, at first, bother to …

Donald Trump

Congressional Republicans think Donald Trump’s sloth and ignorance is a feature, not a bug

A weak, easy-to-manipulate president is what they want.<p>Over the course of approximately one year in office, Donald Trump has made it clear that he possesses no hidden depths and is exactly as lazy, ignorant, and unprepared to be president as he appeared to be on the 2016 campaign trail.<p>He’s also …

So you're thinking about investing in bitcoin? Don't

I’ve been watching this bitcoin situation for a few years, assuming it would just blow over.<p>But a collective insanity has sprouted around the new field of “cryptocurrencies”, causing an irrational gold rush worldwide. It has gotten to the point where a large number of financial stories – and …

Cryptocurrency

Can Your Hip Replacement Kill You?

When Stephen Tower’s right hip gave out in 2006, he asked his surgeon to implant an artificial one — specifically, a metal-on-metal hip called the ASR XL, made by Johnson & Johnson. He knew what he was talking about: As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Tower specializes in complex hip replacements. But …

Medicine

The Damage Done by Trump’s Department of the Interior

Under Ryan Zinke, the Secretary of the Interior, it’s a sell-off from sea to shining sea.<p>On his first day as Secretary of the Interior, last March, Ryan Zinke rode through downtown Washington, D.C., on a roan named Tonto. When the Secretary is working at the department’s main office, on C Street, a …

Forests