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The Doctor is In

Why a 47-year-old English sci-fi show is suddenly an American hit

The American Critic

H. L. Mencken trained American intellectuals in what to like—and how to rebel.

Men Who Love Too Much

Patrick Hamilton’s exceptional, and overlooked, novels show that falling in love with the wrong person is misery—and it isn’t much fun for the wrong person either.

How Broadway Conquered the World

America’s most energetic art form owes its success to compulsive singability.

The Story of a Generation


The Bone Ring

Design Within Reach

A blind architect relearns his craft.

The Jackass Effect

As Johnny Knoxville and friends release their newest film, has everyone finally wearied of their absurdist, violent, and sublime daredevilry? Or is it now in our cultural DNA?

Prep Is Dead, Long Live Prep

How a subculture gained the world and lost its soul

Smaller Than Life

Jonathan Franzen’s juvenile prose creates a world in which nothing important can happen.

Tyranny’s Got Talent

At the next Junior Eurovision contest, Europe’s most repressive regime will go pop.


The toxin of anti-Semitism isn’t a threat only to Jews.

High Strung

The inexplicable collapse of a tennis phenom

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And the World Turned

Cheesy, clichéd, and still strangely bewitching, soap operas are falling victim to their own bastard children.

Killing Her Softly

A measured, sympathetic—and ultimately damning— portrait of the 20th century’s most wickedly funny novelist

Cemetery Ride


A Killer Vacation

On The Shining’s 30th anniversary, a visit to the hotels that inspired Stephen King’s novel— and the Stanley Kubrick film he scorned

Our Houses, Our Selves

A new crop of books suggests that for women, obsession with real estate is replacing obsession with love and marriage.

The Racket

How the numbers game shaped Harlem

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The Last Pop Star

Lady Gaga is simultaneously embodying and eviscerating Pop.


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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