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Dads on Sitcoms

On television shows, dads have been portrayed as incompetent dolts reflecting and encouraging a damaging attitude towards men and childcare.

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Art Is Vital

The best education enables artistic voice and creative habits of mind.

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Secrets of the Creative Brain

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.

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The Power of Two

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.

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Boyhood

Richard Linklater and his team talk about the artistic opportunities and logistical challenges of shooting a film over 12 years.

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Meanwhile in San Francisco

Wendy MacNaughton, the best-selling illustrator and author, on her latest book and the making of “illustrated documentaries”

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Supertrees

How a British landscape-architecture firm fused art, engineering, and ecology in one of Singapore’s newest—and greenest—tourist destinations 

Five Creative Solutions

Out-of-the box approaches to vexing problems, from raising cattle to choosing a president

Lydia Davis’s Very Short Stories

Lydia Davis, who was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, has been publishing short stories utterly unlike anyone else’s for almost 40 years. Sometimes as brief as a sentence or several paragraphs, they dispense with conventional narrative and character in favor of astringent wit and aphoristic insight. Davis’s commentary on these two drafts of an early story reveals that every word is ripe for scrutiny. 

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway began his first novel, The Sun Also Rises, on July 21, 1925 (his 26th birthday), and delivered his completed revisions to his editor at Scribner, Maxwell Perkins, on April 21, 1926. A new Hemingway Library Edition—with a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, the author’s sole surviving son, and a new introduction by Hemingway’s grandson Seán Hemingway—includes early drafts, as well as deleted chapters and paragraphs. Michael Gorra, who teaches at Smith College and is the author, most recently, of Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece, examines an excerpt from the first draft.