Joshua Wolf Shenk reveals the secret of happiness; Harris Collingwood questions whether CEOs matter; Douglas Foster profiles Jacob Zuma; James Parker explores the SpongeBob phenomenon; Christopher Hitchens rereads Hemingway; Joseph O'Neill unearths the real Flannery O'Connor; and much more.
An inside look at an unprecedented seven-decade study of a group of Harvard men suggests that one thing, above all, truly makes a difference.
Video: Dr. George Vaillant, director of the 72-year study, explains what makes people strive for fame and why dirty laundry can symbolize a perfect life.
Interview: Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, talks about his role in the Harvard study.
Interview: Historian Donald Cole, selected to participate in the study in the 1940s, reflects on how it affected his life.
Apple’s stock rises and falls with the faintest rumors about Steve Jobs's health. But how much influence do CEOs really have?
As the recession blows a gale, the world’s most expensive cruise ship nears completion.
As the ever-frivolous industry enters a new era, customers are thinking more—a prospect that thrills the best designers
Is South Africa's next president a savior, a criminal, a Marxist revolutionary—or all of the above?
How man’s best friend can help him evict his nastiest bedmate
Meet Agniya Kuznetsova, the It Girl for a poorer, darker, angrier Russia.
Ice—the most neglected of cocktail ingredients—can ruin a drink or make it come alive.
The Opposite House is an idealistic island in a country that rarely worries about details
In a restored edition of a great classic, sexual anxiety looms large.
The real spiritual drama in Flannery O’Connor’s fiction was even darker than the one she acknowledged.
Reconsider the rhino; Nightingale unveiled; admissions of guilt; and more
Bankruptcy helps the undeserving—and that’s the way it should be.
Accept succession, and other advice
Speaking richly; mobster movies