A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.
In This Issue
Secrets of the creative brain, inside the Lennon-McCartney collaboration, Afghanistan after Karzai, why cartoon mothers are all dead, and more
Despite the mythology around the idea of the lone genius, the famous partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney demonstrates the brilliance of creative pairs.
The breakthroughs, borrowings, revisions, and bold decisions behind the work of highly creative people, from Beyoncé to the lead designer of Google Glass
Scratch-off election ballots, lab-grown meat, and more
Members of creative pairs on their partners
Afghanistan’s outgoing president helped heal a shattered country. He also winked at corruption and ruled like a tribal chief. His successor will inherit a nation that’s in better shape than you might think—and a government with little power to keep it that way.
The dead-mother plot is a classic of children’s fiction, but animated movies have supplied a new twist: the fun father has taken her place.
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Faced with sweeping social change, conservative Christians are walling themselves off from secular society. But when religion isolates itself, both sides lose.
Will autocorrect save the apostrophe, and slow language’s evolution?
Why Paola Antonelli put Pac-Man, a mine detonator, and a vial of sweat in the Museum of Modern Art
How regional networks may replace the World Wide Web
Why we like what we like
Four glimpses of a future without information overload
A very short book excerpt
Is a bar still a bar if it doesn’t serve alcohol?
Is there a way to let adults toke while keeping pot out of the hands of high-schoolers?
The Culture File
From Wes Anderson to Zooey Deschanel to Brooklynites on bicycles, a terrifying aesthetic is overtaking America.
Social mobility has never been easy.
He reinvented acting, and Hollywood hasn’t recovered.
Out and about in a nation with identity issues
An unusual historical novel
Responses and reverberations
Which animal has most changed the course of history?
A note from the magazine’s designer