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I am a former mediocre college distance runner who completed a couple of degrees in English literature, and those of us who belong to this particular demographic, in addition to a heightened sense of futility and masochism, are often capable of reciting A. E. Housman’s “To an Athlete Dying Young” …Ryan Hall
If you read a list of mankind’s most important or influential inventions, there’s not far you could go without coming across those of Thomas Edison. …
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The Millennium hotel is an unusual spot for a murder. It overlooks Grosvenor Square, and is practically next door to the heavily guarded US embassy, where, it is rumoured, the CIA has its station on the fourth floor. A statue of Franklin D Roosevelt – wearing a large cape and holding a stick – …Alexander Litvinenko
The lonely poverty of America’s white working class
For the last several months, social scientists have been debating the striking findings of a study by the economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton.* Between 1998 and 2013, Case and Deaton argue, white Americans across multiple age groups experienced …Economics
Since the huge crime drop that began in the 1990s, cities have become a more attractive place for young and high-income people to live. At the same time, the shift of the economy toward knowledge-based industries has made cities more important to the economy, since ideas and workers can easily move …Wealth
The lady had dropped her napkin.
More accurately, she had hurled it to the floor in a fit of disillusionment, her small protest against the slow creep of mediocrity and missed cues during a four-hour dinner at Per Se that would cost the four of us close to $3,000. Some time later, a passing server …Thomas Keller
Consider a thought experiment: If market capitalism was the brief product of happy coincidences confined in space and time to the developed world of …Capitalism
You may just get it from the tap, but there are customers willing to pay $60,000 for a bottle of water.
Sold in a solid gold bottle, Acqua di Cristallo, the world’s most expensive water bottle, wasn’t made for mass consumption. However, there are many brands charging, if not thousands of dollars, at …Bottled Water
For Jaime Grijalba
In the last scene of Bigger Than Life, the 1956 film directed by Nicholas Ray and produced by its star, James Mason, Ed Avery, the …Quentin Tarantino
One advantage of being old is that you can see change happen in your lifetime. A lot of the change I've seen is fragmentation. US …Fragmentation
Republicans may have a lock on Congress and the nation’s statehouses—and could well win the presidency—but the liberal era ushered in by Barack Obama is only just beginning.
Over roughly the past 18 months, the following events have transfixed the nation.
In July 2014, Eric Garner, an African …Political History
The notion of “making a good match,” a staple of the writings of Jane Austen and Henry James, continues in contemporary romance novels. At the same time, income inequality commands increasing attention from economists. Lately we’ve been learning just how much these two topics are tied …
One “advantage” of working in psychiatry is getting a window into an otherwise invisible world of really miserable people.I work in a wealthy, …Chronic Pain
As you all probably know, the demand for retail goods and services goes up a lot after Thanksgiving, giving rise to the seasonal business cycle. Most …
Comment on Debunking “The Big Short”: How Michael Lewis Turned the Real Villains of the Crisis into Heros by Yves Smith
The value of credit default swaps on risky subprime (the BBB/BBB- tranches) was 5-5X the value of the TOTAL subprime market. And subprime was not a …Michael Lewis
Header image and artwork by Caty McCarthy
25. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Asteroid Base)
Neon cuteness belying hardened spacefaring carnage. A …
It makes a big difference where you sit. I first saw Todd Haynes’s “Carol” from the back of a big hall (at its New York Film Festival première) and was struck by the expressive power of its colors, the sensual flair of its visual compositions. But the images didn’t so much arouse emotions as …
So many things must come together to make a scene work, let alone an entire film. And while there are ample sources of recognition—be it via box …Mad Max
In the course of the last few weeks' gleeful public excoriation of Brooklyn chocolate company Mast Brothers, there have been many things said, many …Chocolate
These are the essay collections, memoirs, and nonfiction reads that we absolutely loved in 2015. (Ranked in no particular order.)
1. Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson
Negroland by writer and critic Margo Jefferson is both a memoir and a cultural history of the black middle/upper class in America. …Aziz Ansari
The pie chart has been under attack for over a century. How did this beleaguered chart come to be so popular and yet so reviled?Data Visualization
As I’ve written each year during this festive season, I hate Top Ten lists. But do I have opinions? Sure, I have opinions.
The other day, someone asked me whether “Transparent,” Jill Soloway’s series on Amazon, was a “niche” show. This was a generally reasonable individual, mind you. But I knew what …
A theoretical computer scientist has presented an algorithm that is being hailed as a breakthrough in mapping the obscure terrain of complexity …Mathematics
A selection of the year’s most riveting photographs.
Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times
The New York Times
Over the last two weeks, Vulture has published our critics’ year-end lists. This has included everything from 2015's best albums and art shows, to …
You can tell 2015 was a great year for new video games by the titles that didn’t make this list. It was a year that saw inventive new mobile games like Prune and Alto’s Adventure, and much-anticipated blockbusters like Star Wars Battlefront and Metal Gear Solid V. There were even plenty of wonderful …Xbox One
Every week, I write about the most interesting new comics, webcomics, and graphic novels. It’s now that time again to round up the ones I consider …