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The botching of capital punishment, why it pays to be a jerk, the emotional genius of Pixar, why age may be Hillary’s secret weapon, and more
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New research confirms what they say about nice guys.
Who is Jeb’s wife, what effect will she have on his campaign—and what effect will his campaign have on their marriage?
The influence of geeks with guitars on culture, from DIY to social media
Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde: Is a generation of powerful women turning age into an advantage?
Can Pete Docter’s new movie change the way viewers think about their emotions?
The gender disparity of influence on Twitter
Can a city pick itself up and head down the road? The people of Kiruna intend to find out.
And why China needs to listen to the U.S. The importance of the mutual economic criticisms between two major world powers.
How we might make ourselves smarter in the future
Why it’s so hard to defeat an enemy that won’t fight you, and what this means for U.S. strategy on everything from the Islamic State to China
Even people who decide what’s right and wrong for a living don’t always behave well.
In Malaysia, councils outlaw everything from dog-petting to yoga.
A very short book excerpt
The Culture File
What MoMA gets right and wrong in its controversial exhibition on the Icelandic pop icon
A new novel portrays the young writer of The Pickwick Papers as a conniving founder of modern mass culture.
Unlike the famously expatriated George Balanchine, Leonid Yakobson remained in the U.S.S.R. How his spirit is revitalizing ballet today.
The legendary New Yorker writer freely mixed fact and fiction—much of what he wrote wouldn’t meet today’s fact-checking standards. But maybe literary journalism has lost more than it’s gained.
Responses and reverberations
Driving, sadness, and more