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The Boston Marathon Bombing: Keep Calm and Carry On

It is easy to feel scared and powerless in the wake of attacks like those at the Boston Marathon. But it also plays into the perpetrators' hands.<p>As the details about the bombings in Boston unfold, it'd be easy to be scared. It'd be easy to feel powerless and demand that our elected leaders do …

The 7 Best Veep GIFs

Hey, <i>Veep</i> is back! Expletives and fabulous hair for all! The show's second season starts Sunday night, but there's no real need to catch up: All you …

Ai Wei Wei as wonderful dissident, terrible artist

If Ai Weiwei, the much admired Chinese dissident artist, were a character in a novel, I would know exactly what to think about him. I would regard …

Don't be beguiled by Orwell: using plain and clear language is not always a moral virtue

Ed Smith's "Left Field" column.<p>Orwell season has led me back to his famous essay “Politics and the English Language”, first published in 1946. It is …

The Essay as Reality Television: David Sedaris, Davy Rothbart

“The essay, as a literary form, is pretty well extinct,” Philip Larkin wrote gloomily in 1984. Extinct was the right word, capturing the sense of an …

The Post-Gladwellian Paradox: Why Intuitive is the New Counterintuitive

<i>by Stan Tsirulnikov</i><p>Malcolm Gladwell’s books <i>The Tipping Point</i> and <i>Blink</i> were immediate bestsellers and launched Gladwell, hair first, into his current …

Just Say No to Ronald Reagan: Weird Advice From Famous People

A variety of questionable celebrity pointers, from Snooki's parenting tips to Benjamin Franklin on how to choose a mistress<p>AP / Charles Sykes<p><b>Authors' Favorite Musicians</b><p>This week, I stumbled across this amazing video of William S. Burroughs doling out some highly questionable advice to young people. …

A Gun-Control Compromise, and the Power of Shame

After today, let it not be said that shame cannot be a powerful force in American politics. Wednesday morning, Senators Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania—both strongly pro-gun, both with long records of support from the N.R.A.—announced that they …

Photographing Love

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’ve curated a selection of intimate portraits from photographers who have a significant body of work devoted to their husband, wife, partner, or lover. The images below explore intangible emotions, from new, lustful love to lengthy, studied intimacy to a love …