Gaudy Butterfly in a Drab Chrysalis

William Taubman's new biography of Krushchev is compelling as a character study but not fully satisfying as a history

The Return of the Pig

The revival of blatant sexism in American culture has many progressive thinkers flummoxed

Holy Writ

Recent writers on Islam need to be more stringent in their criticism. Stephen Schwartz is an exception

A Tale of Two Colonies

Our correspondent travels to Yemen and Eritrea, and finds that the war on terrorism is forcing U.S. involvement with the one country's tribal turbulence and the other's obsessive fear of chaos

What Now?

Developments, encouraging and otherwise

Beyond Belief

Going once, going twice—sold to the man with the pointed tail

The Veterans of Domestic Disorders Memorial

How to remember the not-quite-greatest-generation

Memory Spaces

John Adams's On the Transmigration of Souls finds redemption in September 11, and should bring contemporary classical music to a new audience


"I was always interested in animals," says Thomas Venezia, recently the subject of an extensive criminal investigation stemming from his hunting practices. "I always wanted to be near them"

Paddy Solemn and the Desperate Chancer

The conflict between two eternal Irish types

Cult of the Master

The later Henry James was a master of technique. But how good a novelist was he?

Close Up: The Mind of George W. Bush

The decisions—about Iraq, about Korea, about fighting terrorism—that confrontthis U.S. President may turn out to be as momentous as any an American leader has faced in decades. What capacities does President Bush bring to his decision-making? What limitations hamper his judgment? The author, a journalist and a historian, speaks with people close to the President and probes his private life and public career. Bush is, he concludes, focused, quick to make decisions, persevering, a good judge of character, and yes, "smart enough" to be an effective President. The unknown quantity is imagination—the imagination to foresee consequences, the imagination to be a wartime President


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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