Storming the Home Front

Directors of today's war movies, with their insistence on graphic bloodletting and happy endings, should look at the original World War II movies, which were subtly subversive

Post-President For Life

The post-presidency of Bill Clinton will, like the Clinton Administration, be noisy and attention-getting. Will it accomplish anything—or turn out to be limbo in overdrive? Clinton is the youngest ex-President since Teddy Roosevelt—and he is still the most skillful politician in the Democratic Party. What he does with the rest of his life will set a precedent for the growing number of vigorous and long-lived ex-Presidents to come

Wynton's Blues

For two decades Wynton Marsalis ruled the jazz universe, enjoying virtually unqualified admiration as a musician and unsurpassed influence as the music's leading promoter and definer. But after a series of sour notes—he parted from his record label, has been caught up in controversy at Jazz at Lincoln Center; and has been drawing increasing fire from critics and fellow musicians alike for his narrow neotraditionalism—perhaps the biggest name in jazz faces an uncertain future. Just like jazz itself

The Victorian Achievement

A usually sophisticated writer indulges in simple-minded animus against Victorian England—which deserves better

The Perils of Partition

Our author examines the political—and literary—legacy of Britain's policy of "divide and quit"

What Now?

Developments, encouraging and otherwise

Need to Know

Updating an elementary lexicon

The Bill Show

There are selves too big for one person to contain. You cannot call them selfish. There is nothing -ish about such selves. They are the self, as it were, itself

Caring for Your Introvert

The habits and needs of a little-understood group

Back to Bork?

A new strategy of demanding nominees' views on judicial issues ensures that the next Supreme Court nomination battle will be ugly.


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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