Before You Reboot the NSA, Think About This
The paradox of reforming the secrecy-industrial complex
November 06, 2013

Think the courts or Congress or the bureacracy can reform the NSA? Think again.

Therapy: The Cause of, and Solution to, All of Writers' Problems
November 05, 2013

Does therapy help or hurt the writing process?

Sinclair Lewis' 'Babbitt' Is "Hideously True to the Worst Things in America"
October 4, 1922
November 05, 2013

On this day in 1930, Upton Sinclair won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Ann Patchett Should Stick to Fiction
November 04, 2013

Patchett only skims the surface of her own life.

What Happens When the British Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real
Intimacy and the decline of manners in society
November 04, 2013

Is intimacy always a good thing? It has become customary to suggest that it is. But rather than being democratic, intimacy can be troublesome. Today we are obliged to be relaxed. Casualness is mistaken for fairness.

Here Are The Books You’ve Started But Haven’t Finished
November 04, 2013

In an enlightening interview, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio—who in about 36 hours will be Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio—further contributed to the sense that despite his dominance among several demographics even in the Democratic primar

The Improbable Story Behind America's Fracking Billionaires
November 01, 2013

Who could be more American than an oil baron?

You Can't Learn About Morality from Brain Scans
The problem with moral psychology
November 01, 2013

Joshua Greene's book is intended as a radical challenge to the assumptions of that philosophical enterprise. It benefits from his familiarity with the field, even if his grasp of the views that he discusses is not always accurate.

6 Great Works of Literature Written in 6 Weeks or Less
November 01, 2013

6 Great Works of Literature Written in 6 Weeks or Less 

Federal Bureaucrats Declare 'Hunger Games' More Complex Than 'The Grapes of Wrath'
The Common Core's absurd new reading guidelines
October 29, 2013

Meet the "Lexile," the absurd reading metric for the Common Core.