Since he could speak, Brandon, now 8, has insisted that he was meant to be a girl. This summer, his parents decided to let him grow up as one. His case, and a rising number of others like it, illuminates a heated scientific debate about the nature of gender—and raises troubling questions about whether the limits of child indulgence have stretched too far.
For centuries, writers have experimented with forms that evoke the imperfection of thought, the inconstancy of human affairs, and the chastening passage of time. But as blogging evolves as a literary form, it is generating a new and quintessentially postmodern idiom that’s enabling writers to express themselves in ways that have never been seen or understood before. Its truths are provisional, and its ethos collective and messy. Yet the interaction it enables between writer and reader is unprecedented, visceral, and sometimes brutal. And make no mistake: it heralds a golden era for journalism.
Avoiding annihilation and other advice
Psychologist Paul Bloom reflects on happiness, desire, memory, and the chaotic community that lives inside every human mind
Michelle Rhee, the young chancellor of the D.C. public school system, talks about her career path, what makes a good teacher, and her efforts to transform a struggling school district
Why we love celebrities; sleepless soldiers; Pakistan's policing problems
How the greatest game in football history looks 50 years later, through the eyes of a modern NFL head coach
It may be closer than you think.
Casanova’s first orgasm, Hitler’s famous mustache, Bob Hope’s last jokes: for every thing, there is a season. Herewith a compilation of great moments in precocity, endurance, and procrastination, organized instructively by age
Mark Bowden discusses the legendary Giants-Colts game of 1958 and reflects on how the sport and its players have changed in the past half century.
Ross Douthat discusses pornography, prostitution, the pixel-versus-flesh binary, and the strange moral dynamics of a national addiction.
The idea that a university education is for everyone is a destructive myth. An instructor at a “college of last resort” explains why.
Our correspondent visits Seattle with only the hive mind of the Internet as his guide.
The audacity of Bill Cosby’s black conservatism
Choking in the clutch; Hungarian xenophobes; booze and bedlam at the ball game
How better aesthetics in hospitals can make for happier—and healthier—patients
America’s evangelicals are growing more moderate—and more powerful.
America’s aging and congested road, rail, and air networks are threatening its economic health.
The case for settling for Mr. Good Enough
Megan McArdle, Clive Crook, and Philip Longman debate the repercussions of looming Baby Boomer retirements
Dental windfalls; management secrets of the KKK; the radical engineer
In exurbs and fringe cities, the mortgage crisis is having a domino effect
The Baby Boomers’ retirement will change the texture of society in ways we’ve scarcely begun to contemplate. A dispatch from America’s coming silver age