Governing From His Biography

A President for whom tomorrow never comes

Tales of the Tyrant

What does Saddam Hussein see in himself that no one else in the world seems to see? The answer is perhaps best revealed by the intimate details of the Iraqi leader's daily life

The Merits of Meritocracy

Can self-fulfillment build character?

Tennis on the Green

The game is still best when played as it was originally: on grass

Gag Order

Why won't South Korea let North Korea's highest-level defector speak out?

Spring Cars

As the weather grows more seductive, so do the new-model automobiles

The Man of Feeling

Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis's comic masterpiece, may be the funniest book of the past half century

A Surprise, but not a Success

Though Richard Nixon meant to do the right thing, his actions were at odds with his principles

Slow Squeeze

One legacy of Vietnam that we continue to live with is the idea that air power cannot win a war

Well Met

Introductions can be an especially hazardous corner of the social minefield

The Mother of Reinvention

The real reason Americans detest the idea of a national ID card

Colvin Run Tavern

Restaurants worth building a trip around

Dickens Our Contemporary

In her new biography Jane Smiley argues that Dickens may have been "the first true celebrity"

Delete, Baby, Delete

We're not quite as good at destruction as we think we are

New & Noteworthy

Summer between hard covers; the century in a house

The Royal We

The mathematical study of genealogy indicates that everyone in the world is descended from Nefertiti and Confucius, and everyone of European ancestry is descended from Muhammad and Charlemagne

The Case for Vote Control

Campaign-finance reform is only a start

The Marrying Kind

Why social conservatives should support same-sex marriage

California Transformed

The Golden State in the 1940s

Lost in the Magic Kingdom

On being kissed by a chipmunk and other perplexities of travel in Disney World

Lawyers and Lizard-Heads

The prison letters of James Earl Ray


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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