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We were all told they walked over a land bridge from Asia. Now that theory’s being called into question.

You were probably told in school about how the first people reached North America over ten thousand years ago. The explanation most history or social …

Paris Review - Anne Carson, The Art of Poetry No. 88

Interviewed by Will Aitken<p>Issue 171, Fall 2004<p>Anne Carson and I first met in 1988 at a writers’ workshop in Canada, and have been reading each other’s work ever since. The interview that follows is a mix of our usual conversation and discussion about topics that preoccupy Carson’s work—mysticism, …

Literature

Paris Review - May Sarton, The Art of Poetry No. 32

Interviewed by Karen Saum<p>Issue 89, Fall 1983<p>The author of a remarkably varied body of work, May Sarton lives by herself in York, Maine, in a former “summer cottage,” quite isolated, at the end of a long dirt road. The road curves through a well-kept wood ending at “The House by the Sea” (the title …

Literature

Paris Review - Elizabeth Bishop, The Art of Poetry No. 27

Interviewed by Elizabeth Spires<p>Issue 80, Summer 1981<p>The interview took place at Lewis Wharf, Boston, on the afternoon of June 28, 1978, three days before Miss Bishop and two friends were to leave for North Haven, a Maine island in Penobscot Bay where she summered. Her living room, on the fourth …

Literature

Listen to 90 Famous Authors & Celebrities Read Great Stories & Poems

In a logocentric culture—as Jacques Derrida defined it—such as has existed in the West for hundreds of years, writing occupies a hallowed space, and …

Literature

Paris Review - Ted Hughes, The Art of Poetry No. 71

Interviewed by Drue Heinz<p>Issue 134, Spring 1995<p>Ted Hughes lives with his wife, Carol, on a farm in Devonshire. It is a working farm—sheep and cows—and the Hugheses are known to leave a party early to tend to them. “Carol’s got to get the sheep in,” Hughes will explain.<p>He came to London for the …

Literature

Trump and Cruz: "Manly" Posturing Putting Honor Culture and Benevolent Sexism on Full Display

Just when you might think the GOP race couldn't get any more ridiculous, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are now facing off over their wives' virtues and reputations. Earlier this week, hoping to appeal to Utah Mormon's sensibilities, an anti-Trump organization placed slut-shaming ads in Facebook …

Feminism

Austerity is their best weapon: How the rich and powerful sold inequality to the masses

A budget approach cloaked in technical jargon has become a tool of oppression, explains economist Orsola Costantini<p><i>Orsola Costantini, Senior Economist at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, is the author of a new paper which exposes the disturbing history of how a budget approach cloaked in</i> …

Economics

How A Brutal Beating Became The Symbol Of Oakland's Gentrification Struggle

In a city wrestling with fast-rising housing costs and demographic change, a security guard’s attack of a poor black man at Whole Foods has come to represent what many black residents fear: Oakland wants them out.<p><b>OAKLAND —</b> On the night of Sept. 3, sisters Zoe and Julia Marks were waiting in line to …

Ten Simple Rules of Live Tweeting at Scientific Conferences

Sean Ekins 1 , 2 , * and Ethan O. Perlstein 3<p>Philip E. Bourne, Editor<p>The power of mobile communications has increased dramatically in recent years …

We’re all genre readers now: Can we finally stop the tired “pixies and dragons” vs. literary fiction wars?

When Ursula Le Guin accused Kazuo Ishiguro of despising fantasy, she invoked a divide that’s increasingly obsolete<p>From the moment a profile of him appeared in the New York Times late last month, it was obvious Kazuo Ishiguro was going to be getting grief. “Will readers follow me into this?” the …

Literature

My World War I 101

The line of people who know more about World War I than I do could stretch longer than the Great War's 450-mile scar that runs through Europe to this day. But I have learned a bit, and some book recommendations gently forced on others over the holidays got me to thinking -- what would my list of …

World History

Frederick Douglass’ Irish sojourn: A bracing look at his encounters with poverty and prejudice across the Atlantic

Visiting on the eve of the Irish famine, the great leader stayed silent on British oppression. A new book tells why<p>Frederick Douglass’ four-month Irish sojourn – he traveled to Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Belfast in 1845, part of a two-year stay in the United Kingdom – has long fascinated historians …

Paris Review - Charles Olson, The Art of Poetry No. 12

Interviewed by Gerard Malanga<p>Issue 49, Summer 1970<p>I arrived at Annisquam, a village nearby Gloucester, on Sunday, April 13, about midday. I was the houseguest of the poet Gerrit Lansing whom I had met a few years previously in New York at a party given by the poet Kenward Elmslie. Early in the …

Literature

Learning How to Learn

Much of what we were taught in school about how to learn has been shown to be comparatively ineffective, so what actually works?<br>Read More

UC San Diego

10 Superfoods Healthier Than Kale

In the world of marketing, image is everything. If you're James Franco or Roger Federer or Taylor Swift, your name and face can be used to sell anything from phones to watches to perfume -- even if you're not necessarily famous for the your tech-savvy, your promptness, or the way you smell.<p>In the …

Nutrition

Everything the Darren Wilson grand jury got wrong: The lies, errors and mistruths that let Michael Brown’s killer off the hook

The prosecutor’s document dump was designed for transparency. It shows how transparently flawed the process was<p>The fix was in from the moment Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. Data is sketchy and incomplete, but police shoot scores of unarmed blacks every year, and rarely face …

How to stay obsessed and enamored: The best way to save a marriage is sex

Some octogenarians recently told the Pope that sex is the key to marital success–and research shows they’re right<p>“Sex is the glue that keeps a marriage together.”<p>That was one of the few things my mom told me directly about sex. My dad, on the other hand, openly referenced the joys of sex -- “like …

Tech Q&A: Low airfares, online banking, Amazon shopping tricks, and more

<b>Get the lowest airfare</b><p><b>Q.</b> I want to use up some vacation time soon, but I don't want to spend a bundle on plane tickets. Do you have any advice?<p><b>A.</b> Buy on the right day. You'll often see the best deals late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. You can also save big if you fly in the middle of the …

Paul Ryan’s liberal secret: Why he’s suddenly endorsing the social safety net

In his own, ironic way, Ryan is the true heir of the “progressive” tradition he so likes to criticize. Here’s why<p>Between midsummer and Labor Day, Representative Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden gave eloquent defenses of today’s partisan worldviews. Strange to say, Paul Ryan endorsed …

In the Brain, Memories Are Inextricably Tied to Place

A manmade virus that acts like “a remote control” for neurons helped psychologists research the connection.<p>It’s no coincidence that, when recalling a tragedy, we ask where someone was: <i>“Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?”</i><p>Psychologists hypothesize that we lock in that memory by linking …

Ayn Rand’s libertarian “Groundhog Day”: Billionaire greed, deregulation and the myth that markets aren’t free enough

Wall Street wrecks the economy, and we keep pretending they’re heroes worth emulating. Maybe we really are suckers<p>This summer will mark 13 years since the series of disclosures that led to the sudden bankruptcy of the Enron Corp. of Houston. The collapse of the gas-and-power leviathan, then one of …

Leslie Jamison and Roxane Gay: “Men are crowned as the gold standard of the genre. It’s gonna change”

The two brilliant writers and critics talk feminism, sexuality and why this is a new golden age of female essayists<p>Writers write to understand themselves, but they also write to understand others. This can be true about any genre, but essays, it seems, are often one-sided examinations as the author …