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The strange world of computer-generated novels

Welcome to National Novel Generation Month, where the algorithm is the author<p>It’s November and aspiring writers are plugging away at their novels for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, an annual event that encourages people to churn out a 50,000-word book on deadline. But a hundred or so …

The Identity Crisis Under the Ink

Americans—particularly Millennials—are getting more tattoos than ever. Is a shifting, increasingly uncertain culture to blame?<p>Some weeks ago, during a bleary-eyed subway ride to work, I found myself staring at a young woman on the other side of the car. She wore business attire with a North Face …

See What You’ll Look Like In 20 Years

Disagree? Well in 20 years, you can prove the software wrong.<p>I always hoped to be a silver fox. But I’m a pug. I guess people like pugs.<p>I’m looking at my face in 20 years–myself at age 52–because for whatever self-loathing reason, I was compelled to take part in this strange “Futureself” …

Your Elite School Is Not Worth The Cost, Studies Say

The cost for a college education has risen to the astronomical, resulting in debt that haunts young people after graduation like a ghost bent on dragging them to a Dickensian poorhouse. It’s forcing us to ask, “Is it worth it?” Especially if the school of choice is an elite institution, is the …

Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?: The Strange New World of Human Reproduction

Should a woman’s own 55-year-old mother bear the woman’s (gulp) triplets? Well, it’s happening. Where should society draw the lines here?<p>Welcome to …

Carry That Weight

A glimpse into the life of the seventh-strongest man on the circuit<p>The strongman and his girlfriend flew out from Seattle on Tuesday and spent a few …

70% of managers actually make their teams worse

Moneyball has been the talk of baseball for years. Its creator, Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane, has used the approach to guide his team, with one of the lowest payrolls in the league, to the playoffs in eight of the past 15 seasons. And the front office of the Boston Red Sox famously used …

New York's 10 Coolest Hidden Museums - PAPER

<i>While exhibits at the Met, MoMA or the Whitney might get most of the media attention -- and tourists' admission fees -- there's a slew of under-the-radar (and underrated) institutions scattered throughout New York City worth a visit. From a *very* impressive collection of trolls to a museum</i> …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Nine new emojis for 2014

Photograph: Jamie DMJ<p>Bono.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/19/1416406115402/b6fc534d-0db7-463b-b92e-46667c6a2f86-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Jamie …

Where Is America's Real Youth Rebellion?

Never has a time been more ripe for protest. Never has a generation seemed so ambivalent about it.<p><i>Published in the November 2014 issue</i><p><b>The dream of wild rebellion rises</b> and falls like clockwork. In every generation, the youthful cries for personal freedom coalesce, at one moment or another, at one …

7 Things You Didn't Know About Facebook From Mark Zuckerberg's Q&A

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Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Style<p>The rising star dishes on fame and wears the 5 freshest summer style swerves you should try.<p>By Samuel Hine1 day agoView More<p>Best Stuff<p>We wheeled …

How good is 'Interstellar'? It's complicated

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the new movie "Interstellar," Earth is on the brink of becoming uninhabitable and the future of human life rests in the hands of Matthew McConaughey.<p>Or rather, it rests in the hands of the farmer and former NASA pilot McConaughey plays in "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan's latest epic …

The War of the Words

Amazon’s war with publishing giant Hachette over e-book pricing has earned it a black eye in the media, with the likes of Philip Roth, James Patterson, and Stephen Colbert demanding that the online mega-store stand down. How did Amazon—which was once seen as the book industry’s savior—end up as …

Animal House?

Can Boehner tame the GOP newcomers in time to prevent a bloodbath in 2016?<p>Tom Petri, a Republican from central Wisconsin, is about to retire after 35 years in the House of Representatives, and almost no one outside his district has ever heard of him. He’s long been seen as a respected but …

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare

She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn’t take it …

The Man Who Disobeyed His Boss And Opened The Berlin Wall

To many Germans, Harald Jaeger is the man who opened the Berlin Wall.<p>It's a legacy that still makes the former East German border officer uncomfortable 25 years after he defied his superiors' orders and let thousands of East Berliners pour across his checkpoint into the West.<p>"I didn't open the …