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What You Will Never Have With The Person You Love

You are not the first, you know this. You are not the first kiss — but for this you are relieved — nor were you the first kiss under the scaffolding …

Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram’s utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm

In 2002 Stephen Wolfram released <i>A New Kind of Science</i> and immediately unleashed a firestorm of wonder, controversy, and criticism as the British-born scientist, programmer, and entrepreneur overturned conventional ideas on how to pursue knowledge. Earlier this month, he teased something with the …

7 Seriously Dope, Outside The Box Covers To Jumpstart Your Weekend

A bunch of biggish names reinventing some biggish sounds, in rather pleasant fashion:<p>1. We Can’t Stop – Bastille<p>British band Bastille has quite a …

55 David Foster Wallace Quotes That Make You Want To Be A Better Person

From his nonfiction essays, to his fiction, to his reporting and his reviews, a compilation of David Foster Wallace’s 55 greatest quotes<p>It was when I …

A Literary Analysis Of 5 Miley Cyrus Hits

Thankfully most people listening to today’s radio-ready music are more interested in a good beat than any sort of lyrical sense — otherwise, we’d all …

12 Mind-Blowing Music Mashups To Radically Improve Your Monday

Mashups, now a thing, have the great ability to take to songs and sometimes make them better. Here are twelve great ones that will probably prompt …

The Doctor-Rapper and CEO Who Intend to Fix Healthcare

Starting in Las Vegas<p>Zubin Damania is a Stanford-trained physician working to develop a new model for primary care clinics. But if you cared to, you could also find him on YouTube, rapping as ZDoggMD.<p>Damania, assuming the persona of ZDoggMD, began making music videos in 2010. He parodied songs by …

A One Sentence Story About The Bathroom

When you tear out your hair in clumps starting from the back of your head in slow calculated movements you realize how much pain is a reminder of who …

34 Profound Excerpts From Classic Literature That Will Change Your Day

By Charlie Shaw,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1eMITuy<p>34 Redditors share the most memorable and inspiring excerpts in literature. Found on …

50 People On ‘The Most Intellectual Joke I Know’

Mine: “Descartes walks into a bar and the bartender asks him what he wants to drink. Descartes says ‘hmmm, I don’t know’ and vanishes in a puff of …

Living With Face Blindness

Prosopagnosia is a condition that can make it impossible to recognize the faces of others, from friends to movie characters to parents. To varying degrees, it affects about two percent of people.<p>Jacob Hodes lies on the couch watching old reruns on television. It’s his roommate Sonny Singh’s turn to …

An Avoidable Tragedy: Aaron Alexis and Mental Illness

A statement made by Cathleen Alexis, the mother of Aaron Alexis. Click to expand. Photograph by Seth Wenig/AP.<p>Aaron Alexis was very obviously disturbed for a considerable period prior to the shooting in the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, and no one did much about it. I’m concerned at how heavily …

Dating on the Autism Spectrum

What it's like to look for romance when "a big smile can be frightening"<p>The way to Paulette's heart is through her Outlook calendar. “Honestly, if you want to be romantic with me, send an email through Outlook and give me all the possible dates, locations, and times, so that I can prepare,” she …

When Is a Royal Baby a Fetus?

Technically, right up until the moment he's born. And yet we've called him a baby the whole time. What media coverage of the recent pregnancy and birth has to do with abortion politics.<p>Moral philosopher James Q. Wilson wrote that humanity “has a moral sense.” Whether that moral sense is grounded in …

Really Listening to Atheists: Taking Nonbelief Seriously

When Larry Alex Taunton talked to young atheists about why they left Christianity, he interpreted their objections as matters of style, not substance. That's not accurate or fair.<p>As an atheist, I have frequently had religious acquaintances and even family members misunderstand the basis for my lack …

Phil Mickelson Isn't 'This Generation's Arnold Palmer'—Tiger Woods Is

Mickelson certainly plays like Palmer, and comparisons have surfaced in the days since Mickelson's British Open win. But only Tiger has revitalized the sport like Palmer did.<p>AP / Gerald Herbet, Scott Heppell, David Goldman<p>After Phil Mickelson pulled off one the great final-round comebacks in golf …

'This Did Something Powerful to Me': Authors' Favorite First Lines of Books

Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, David Gilbert, Roxane Gay, and other writers share their thoughts on what makes an inviting and memorable opening sentence.<p>AP and Library of Congress.<p>When I interviewed Stephen King for the By Heart series, he told me about some of his favorite opening lines in …

Unable to Cope: China's Inadequate Care of the Mentally Ill

A recent spike in violence -- as well as an escape from a mental hospital -- has highlighted the country's need for better psychiatric care.<p>On July 5, 42 psychiatric patients escaped from the No. 3 People's Hospital in Teng county, Guangxi province, in southern China. The escaped patients were …

How Should Doctors Share Impossible Decisions with Their Patients?

On a Friday evening a few months ago, my mom broke her arm. A doctor in the E.R. told her it was a simple fracture, and put her arm in a sling. The following Monday, though, she called me. She had consulted two surgeons who had a different assessment: the bone was broken in four places, surgery …

10 Reasons 22 Is The Perfect Age

1. You’re allowed to not know how to do grown-up things like file your taxes, use a blender, or change a tire (okay, maybe that second one is just …

The 5 People You Will Fall In Love With

1. The person who doesn’t fall back in love with you.<p>This is just going to be brutal, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it to make it less so. …

Historic Immigration Overhaul Clears Senate, but a Hostile House Awaits

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Senate approved a measure Thursday to make the most dramatic changes to immigration law in 25 …

Former Bush Speechwriter: The GOP Needs Shock Therapy on Immigration

Michael Gerson argues that "an element of the party has set out to positively alienate the Hispanic community."<p>Reuters<p>A chief speechwriter for George W. Bush, Michael Gerson, offered his most blunt remarks during a "Future of the Republican Party" panel on the subject of immigration. The problem …

The Gay-Marriage Fight Could Change How People Think About All Marriages

Exploring the psychic impact of the movement in Maine, where voters recently legalized gay marriage<p>It is impossible to talk or think about same-sex marriage without talking or thinking about marriage in general: what marriage is, what marriage used to be, who should marry, who should not, what …

How Immigration Votes Changed Between 2010 and 2013, in Charts

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The historic Senate vote on immigration fell a bit short of the 70 votes supporters hoped for. But a …

The Prism

Privacy in an age of publicity.<p>An extraordinary fuss about eavesdropping started in the spring of 1844, when Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian exile in London, became convinced that the British government was opening his mail. Mazzini, a revolutionary who’d been thrown in jail in Genoa, imprisoned in …

The Point Michael Burgess Was Trying to Make About Fetal Masturbation

The Texas lawmaker's comments are really just another way to talk about the doggedly debated topic of whether fetuses feel pain.<p>Associated Press<p>Another week, another awkward remark about pregnancy from a Republican lawmaker.<p>Last week, it was Rep. Trent Franks' comments about the frequency of …

20 Books That Will Change Your Life

1. <i>Paint It Black</i> by Janet Fitch<p>This was one of those books I read as I entered my 20’s and have the tendency to re-read at least once a year. It …

39 Quotes That Will Help You Get Over Them

34. “What we wait around a lifetime for with one person, we can find in a moment with someone else.” – Stephanie Klein<p>36. “Only time can heal his …

'Too Much Champagne Is Just Right': Famous Writers on How to Drink

Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Mencken, and other scribes had deep thoughts on boozing.<p>Ernest Hemingway<p><b>Phenomenally Tricky Books</b><p>Last week, Gawker republished a fascinating essay by H.L. Mencken, also known as the Sage of Baltimore, entitled "How to Drink Like a Gentleman: The Things to Do and the Things …