Kartik Iyer

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The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

The World of Stephen King, A to Z

In 1974, Stephen King started his literary career with a slim novel called <i>Carrie</i>. Today, <i>Revival</i>, his 68th book, hits stands. Set primarily in Maine …

Examining Taylor Swift's Spotify breakup: Will she go steady with Apple now?

Pop music star Taylor Swift has a huge fan base, and as of this morning none of them will be able to listen to her music on Spotify: She’s removed it from the streaming service.<p>Spotify was apparently caught off guard by the news, according to BuzzFeed. And Spotify itself is at least playing dumb …

Updated: Descent rudders deployed early before Virgin Galactic space plane’s crash

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed Friday after special tail “feathers” meant to increase drag deployed early, BBC reports. One pilot unlocked …

Man U Soccer Stars Won't Drive Their Free Corvettes

It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about American pigskin or European spheres: Professional football players love their big-dollar exotics. Chevy found this out the hard way when the fleet of free cars they offered to Manchester United soccer stars—including brand-new Camaros and Corvette …

2G: Charges framed against A. Raja, Kanimozhi, Dayalu

A special court on Friday framed charges against former Telecom Minister A. Raja, DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and Dayalu Ammal, wife of party …