Thrilling Desperation

Edna O'Brien's new novel fashions a powerful metaphor for a blighted son of Ireland

Inspired Immaturity

The midlife crisis as a patriotic duty

Missing Pieces

The strange case of the disappearing arias and adagios

The Birth of the Sun

New York is littered with the carcasses of failed newspapers. What are the chances for the latest upstart?

The Iceberg Wars

Competition for one of Newfoundland's chief natural resources heats up

Poetry Out Loud

One of the biggest changes in modern poetry is its escape from the page to the performance

The Unilateralist

A conversation with Paul Wolfowitz

Leaving It to the Professionals

Clearing away clutter is no substitute for keeping house

The World in 2005

Hidden in plain sight


Restaurants worth building a trip around

A Modest Proposal From the Brigadier

What one prominent Pakistani thinks his country should do with its atomic weapons

A Failure of Intelligence

Gilles Kepel's obituary of Islamism was written before September 11

An Ireland of Legend

Following in the mythic footsteps of Queen Maeve


Before it became the New World, the Western Hemisphere was vastly more populous and sophisticated than has been thought—an altogether more salubrious place to live at the time than, say, Europe. New evidence of both the extent of the population and its agricultural advancement leads to a remarkable conjecture: the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact

Third-Class Citizen

Whose lifestyle is it anyway?

New & Noteworthy

Stories of doomed affairs, by Richard Ford; a "profoundly satisfying" literary correspondence; children of the Middle Ages

Nobel Sentiments

Pious thoughts from wise fools

The Apocalypse of Adolescence

This spring one of two Vermont teenagers charged with the knifing murder of two Dartmouth College professors will go on trial. The case offers entry to a disturbing subject—acts of lethal violence committed by "ordinary" teenagers from "ordinary" communities, teenagers who have become detached from civic life, saturated by the mythic violent imagery of popular culture, and consumed by the dictates of some private murderous fantasy

Does Democracy Need Voters?

The question Europe still needs to answer

Jack or Jill?

The era of consumer-driven eugenics has begun

Islam Versus the Pleasure Principle

Russian muftis have condemned the war in Afghanistan, but Tatar Muslims have other things on their minds. Like Mork & Mindy

The Beauty of the Conjuring

The pernicious power of fine storytelling is a central theme in Ian McEwan's new novel


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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