Daniel Akst

Dan Akst is a journalist, essayist and novelist who wrote three books. His novel, The Webster Chronicle, is based on the lives of Cotton and Increase Mather. More

Dan Akst is a journalist, novelist and essayist whose work has appeared frequently in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Wilson Quarterly, and many other publications.
  • Oh Please

    I see that some Harvard MBA students are signing onto an MBA oath in which they pledge to be good scouts and maybe even sprout wings before they…

  • It's Not Over Till It's Over

    Mike Morgan, a Florida real estate broker specializing in helping lenders dispose of foreclosed homes, has a strong piece in Barron's arguing that…

  • Free and easy

    That's been the charm of Craigslist for awhile now: except for employment ads in two or three cities (and lately some erotic services), advertising…

  • There Won't Be Blood

    Yesterday was a momentous day--the day my sons started shaving. This was of course a rare opportunity for Dad to impart some ancient tribal wisdom,…

  • Under the Knife

    Tyler Cowen, the worldliest of worldly philosophers, over at marginalrevolution links to a fascinating article in The New Yorker about the apparent…

  • One for the Books

    For some reason I never got around to reading George Gissing's marvelous New Grub Street until now. If you make your living with your keyboard or…

  • Mall Pall

    Don't look now but the shopping mall, those air conditioned nowheres that have supplanted downtowns all over America for the past half century, may…

  • Even Better Advice

    If you're a new grad or unhappy in your job, or if you just like to read a satisfying extended argument about how we should live, I recommend Matthew…

  • Free Advice, Worth Every Penny

    It's graduation season again and since I've been out of school for awhile (I understand they no longer use quill pens), I'm no less qualified than…

  • Life is Elsewhere

    In the Nation, there's an allegation that newspapers have always sucked, so we should just shut up already about their protracted death throes. And I…

  • The Death of Newspapers (cont'd)

    The good news is that auto dealers still advertise in newspapers. The bad news is that a lot of dealers are closing. The NY Times (still clinging to…

  • Killing Us Softly

    Some crank has a piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning about the amazing number of deaths that result every year from smoking, overeating and…

  • Thinking Big

    Size suddenly matters again, and bigness is taking its lumps across the political spectrum. Conservatives who hate bigness (in government) are joined…

  • But How about Martinis and Tiramisu?

    Now comes word (sigh) that vitamins may be harmful to exercisers. Key quote:"If you exercise to promote health, you shouldn't take large amounts…

  • The Graying of Kindergarten (or, an edge w/o steroids)

    A couple of posts down I joked about steroids in Little League, but now this: more and more kids are being held out of kindergarten for an extra year…

  • The Death of Newspapers (a serial)

    Walter Pincus, a veteran newspaper guy (and therefore in my book eligible for beatification) has a long essay about how the many failings of these…

  • Say It Ain't So

    I see that Manny Ramirez is the latest slugger caught up in the steroids scandal. Inevitably, testing will become more widespread; one of my sons is…

  • Don't Tell Me

    Everyone knows that we're all dying. But would you really want to know that death was imminent?There was a time when news of this kind was kept from…

  • I'm Not Buying

    Everybody knows that the investment decisions of the average doofus like me are a reliable contrarian indicator, so start shopping for stocks,…

  • Calling Dr. Kildare! Calling Dr. Kildare!

    This morning I made a mental note to have my kids call a physician's office when they get home so they can hear something they've never heard before:…

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Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

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Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

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What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

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