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It’s Tartt—But Is It Art?

No one denies that Donna Tartt has written the “It novel” of the year, a runaway best-seller that won her the Pulitzer Prize. But some of the self-appointed high priests of literary criticism—at The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Paris Review—are deeply dismayed by The Goldfinch …

Stepping Out

Living the Fitbit life.<p>I was at an Italian restaurant in Melbourne, listening as a woman named Lesley talked about her housekeeper, an immigrant to Australia who earlier that day had cleaned the bathroom countertops with a bottle of very expensive acne medication: “She’s afraid of the vacuum …

Aung Min Apologizes to Military for ‘Aggravating’ Remarks

RANGOON — The government’s chief peace negotiator has apologized to Burma’s powerful military for comments he reportedly made last week that appeared …

Asia

How Boys Teach Each Other to Be Boys

Taking cues from family and media, young boys teach their peers how to perform masculinity, to their detriment.<p>What makes a male child become a “boy,” as we understand that concept socially? In her new book, <i>When Boys Become Boys</i>, Judy Y. Chu reports on her two-year study in which she followed a …

Who Are the Wa?

It seems very likely that the United Wa State Army (UWSA) will become the next target of the Myanmar government’s efforts to bring the country under …

China

The Trouble With Bright Girls

Successful women know only too well that in any male-dominated profession, we often find ourselves at a distinct disadvantage. We are routinely …

Self-improvement

“Leica Photography” Is Dead. Leica Killed It.

Above are two of my favorite photographs from two of the twentieth century’s most skilled and creative photographers. Both are powerfully evocative …

Cameras

The Confidence Gap

Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here's why, and what to do about it.<p><b>F</b>or years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would …

Charles Bukowski on the Ideal Conditions and Myths of Creativity, Illustrated

<b>Charles Bukowski</b> (August 16, 1920–March 9, 1994) — man of outrageous daily routine, curious creature of proud cynicism and self-conscious sensitivity, occasional pessimist with a heartening view of the meaning of life — had a singular way of conveying immutable wisdom in his seemingly simple, often …

Myanmar’s 1988 Generation Leaders Are Lost in Motion

During the period between the 1988 Uprising in Burma and the 2007 Saffron uprising, thousands of Burmese children, men and women were imprisoned. …

Everyone is totally just winging it, all the time

Every time a public figure behaves with less-than-stellar competence, we're incredulous. We probably shouldn't be<p>Amid the acrimony surrounding the firing of Jill Abramson, executive editor of the New York Times, there's one point of near-universal consensus: the whole thing was remarkably poorly …

Laurie Penny on the Miley Cyrus complex - an ontology of slut-shaming

Sexual performance is still the only power this society grants to young women, and it grants it grudgingly, rushing to judge and humiliate them …

Shame and Survival

She tried public appearances. She tried being reclusive. She tried leaving the country, and she tried finding a job. But the epic humiliation of 1998, when her affair with Bill Clinton became an all-consuming story, has followed Monica Lewinsky every day. After 10 years of self-imposed reticence, …

Who is Ted Cruz and how did he nearly crash the US government?

Ted Cruz, a first-term senator from Texas, took the US government to the brink of disaster. He has paid a high price in credibility, but he wasn't …

The trouble with TED talks

In the cult of TED, everything is awesome and inspirational, and ideas aren’t supposed to be challenged, says Martin Robbins.<p>I’ve long been amused by …

Atheism is maturing, and it will leave Richard Dawkins behind

Increasingly, Richard Dawkins' public output resembles that of a man desperately grasping for attention and relevance in a maturing community.<p>In the …

Russell Brand on revolution: “We no longer have the luxury of tradition”

But before we change the world, we need to change the way we think.<p>When I was asked to edit an issue of the <i>New Statesman</i> I said yes because it was a …

What We’ve Learned from the Financial Crisis

Five years ago the global financial system seemed on the verge of collapse. So did prevailing notions about how the economic and financial worlds are supposed to function.<p>The basic idea that had governed economic thinking for decades was that markets work. The right price will always find a buyer …

New players on the world stage: Chinese provinces and Indian states

New Players on the World Stage: Chinese Provinces and Indian States <br>William Antholis<p>Published 10/22/2013<p>In early February last year, Wang Lijun, the …