An Observer of Catastrophe

In Sybille Bedford's work the great emotional and moral questions remain unanswered

In Defense of C. S. Lewis

A rebuttal of recent denunciations of the classic Chronicles of Narnia as racist, misogynist, "poisonous" works

New Life for Moore's Law

After four decades of remarkably steady progress, advances in computer-chip technology seemed in danger of slowing. Not anymore

Birding at the Edge

Attu, the outermost of the Aleutian Islands, is remote, primitive, and cold, but it is the likeliest place in North America to catch sight of a number of avian rarities

Civility vs. Civilité

No matter what the dictionary says, "politeness" and "rudeness" aren't easily translated

Peace is Hell

Every six months the Pentagon sends nearly 4,000 soldiers to Bosnia and brings nearly 4,000 soldiers home. To see how it's done is to understand why keeping peace has become harder than waging war—and why the Pax Americana has stretched the mighty American military to the limit

Hustler with a lyric voice

Edna St. Vincent Millay combined a modern sensibility with traditional forms

Out of the Ordinary

"Mundane studies" comes of age

New & Noteworthy

A sly and sublime historical novel; disappointing Didion; coming of age in Hollywood

Thanks for Nothing

A former chief economist at the World Bank offers a case study in how heavy-handed interference can break what doesn't need fixing

France's Downfall

The most comprehensive account of the most sordid period in French history

Home Away From Home

The European Parliament has no fixed seat and spends a small fortune each month trekking from Belgium and Luxembourg to France

Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

Interviews with a paramedic, a social worker, an undertaker, and a mother about their experiences with death and dying


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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