India's Disappearing Vultures

The mysterious dwindling of the Subcontinent's natural, and vital, "garbage men"

The King of Closed Captions

The self-appointed watchdog of a growing industry

The Early-Decision Racket

Early-decision programs—whereby a student applies early to a single school, receives an early answer, and promises to attend if accepted—have added an insane intensity to middle-class obsessions about college. They also distort the admissions process, rewarding the richest students from the most exclusive high schools and penalizing nearly everyone else. But the incentives for many colleges and students are as irresistable as they are perverse

Confessions of a Prep School College Counselor

Our author looks at books about college admissions—and at the unexamined prejudices fueling the "elite" college admissions frenzy

Help Wanted

The head of NASA forecasts a bleak future for American science

Suitably Attired

Well-dressed men have worn the same thing for a century now. A history and an appreciation of the suit

The Country and the City

With her inclusion in The Library of America, the neglected novelist Dawn Powell has finally achieved literary canonization. Our critic assesses the contrasting worlds of Powell's fiction

Potato Salad

The German version is surprisingly light and intensely flavored

Tales of the Alhambra

The lost Islamic world of Southern Spain—and its modern echoes

New & Noteworthy

This fall's hot novel; Rushdie's latest; correcting the blather about "globalization"

All the City's a Stage

An eccentric mayor with a flair for the dramatic is bringing hope to a notoriously troubled capital

Bozzy's Life

A dazzling portrait of James Boswell as a literary artist

Up in Smoke

Next door to deadly violence life goes on

Bystanders to Genocide

The author's exclusive interviews with scores of the participants in the decision-making, together with her analysis of newly declassified documents, yield a chilling narrative of self-serving caution and flaccid will—and countless missed opportunities to mitigate a colossal crime


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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