David H. Freedman on the perfected self, Mark Bowden on being in the dumb kids' class, James Parker on Glenn Beck, Isaac Chotiner on P. G. Wodehouse, and more
Once denounced by critics as a fascist idea, "behavior modification" is making a comeback, powered by smartphone apps that aim to transform us into better versions of ourselves.
Live chat: David H. Freedman answers readers’ questions about weight loss strategies, teenage pot-smoking, Noam Chomsky, and other topics.
Fierce, cocky, and built for stardom, Marlen Esparza prepares to fight for the gold at this summer’s Olympic debut of women’s boxing.
“The exam went off without a hitch, and from there, stopping just didn’t make sense. Before each Calc test, we convened at Jill’s house to work out the answers.”
When it comes to preventing deceit in the housing industry, the best employees are the most paranoid ones.
Can large rodents help us adapt to climate change?
Out of a brutal military crackdown comes a taste for gallows humor.
The benefits of being underestimated by the nuns at St. Petronille’s
How the liquor’s marketing success among both rappers and codgers has blinded consumers to its subtler pleasures
Along the Bay of Bengal’s wild tidal basin, the scorpions and crocs can seem relatively harmless.
New “social discovery” apps try to engineer chance encounters. Could they spoil true serendipity?
Leverage was not the problem—incentives were, and still are.
Responses and reverberations
What to do if you’re a marriage counselor named John Edwards, and other advice