For all the connectivity of the social- media age, research suggests that we have never been lonelier. A report on what this epidemic is doing to our bodies, our souls, and our society.
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How Facebook may be making us lonely, the genius of Kanye West, Muammar Qaddafi's grieving son, a profile of an iconoclastic video game inventor, and more
The video-game developer Jonathan Blow is his industry’s harshest critic. In trying to prove the artistic capacity of his medium, Blow may cement his legacy—or end his career.
How a frugal economist finds the perfect lunch
Charting the new globe-trotting science of moviemaking
Intense and emotional, the hip-hop superstar has become a national joke. Could a concert tour with Jay-Z, his preternaturally controlled friend and rival, offer redemption—or disaster?
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Tokyo conservatives look westward for inspiration.
A journey through the wilderness renews friendship and invites solitude.
The United States is hoping to leave the country with a fully functioning military. That includes training musicians who can sound "like sixth-grade band class."
Bad tidings reach the despot's son Saadi.
Off the Kona Coast of Hawaii, a diving enthusiast learns to plunge 100 feet on a single gulp of air.
Will statistical analytics make for healthier, happier babies—or more-anxious adults?
And how an upstart company may change that
How the comedian became America’s unlikely conscience
Why the latest hyped-up work of staggering genius strikes out
Essayist Dwight Macdonald had a rhythmic voice and "a poet's eye for detail."
Richard Diebenkorn’s vision of California; Sir Walter Raleigh gets his due; stylish ghost stories; and more
Social media is turning self-promotion into a full-time, alienating preoccupation.
Responses and reverberations
How to get a beard like Ben Bernanke’s, and other advice