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Tolkien’s grandson on how WW1 inspired The Lord of the Rings

For the 125th anniversary of his birth, Simon Tolkien describes how the Great War lives on in JRR Tolkien's stories.<p>My grandfather, JRR Tolkien, died when I was 14. He remains vivid to me but through child-like impressions – velvet waistcoats and pipe smoke; word games played on rainy afternoons in …

Spot On

Damien Hirst’s global show.<p>The art of Damien Hirst puts me in mind of a <i>New Yorker</i> cartoon by Peter Steiner, from 1997. One of two vultures on a bare branch argues, “Sure, dead is important. But it has to taste good.” That finicky gourmand speaks to my sense of “The Complete Spot Paintings, …

A Millennial’s Guide to the Nineties

From Whitewater to Troopergate, here’s everything you don’t remember about the Clintons.<p>Hey! Remember the ’90s? If you’re like me (a millennial), you were probably too hopped up on Capri Sun and Go-Gurt to retain more than bits and pieces. Well, Important Things were happening. And judging by how …

Malnourished children in sub-Saharan Africa are not getting the life-saving drugs they need

Near the town of Chikwawa in southern Malawi, dozens of mothers stood outside a rural health clinic, in the shade of a large tree. Among them was Modesta Roberts, 26, who had a small child with a thin blanket strapped to her back. Roberts looked concerned.<p>“My daughter is swollen all over her body,” …

Sales Take Center Stage: To Boost Morale, Companies Burst Into Song

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on</i> Nov. 05, 2013.<p>Why would someone write a sentimental ballad about a bathroom? For the same reason someone would write a rousing song about tractors: So the song could be used in what's called an industrial musical.<p>These musicals were like Broadway shows, …