Too Much Ambition Doesn't Always Break a Novel
February 19, 2014

The knock on Richard Powers is that his novels don’t sustain the weight of their ambitions. That's not entirely true in his latest. 

Why We're So Obsessed with 'Natural' Childbirth
A new history of Lamaze explains the origins of the mythology
February 17, 2014

A new history of the Lamaze technique explain the origins of our earth-mother, natural-birth fantasies.

Apparently Having an Opinion about Sex Is Now a Taboo
Maybe, possibly, there’s something wrong with your idea of what is sexy.
February 15, 2014

Jesse Bering's new book, Perv, puts forward a rigidly harm-reduction approach to sexual morality (although at times his theories seem to be proposing the normalisation of child abuse images). But tolerance alone isn't enough.

ADHD Does Not Exist
February 14, 2014

An illness cannot be defined by it's symptoms, but for decades, that's what's happened.

The Writer, Seducer, Aviator, Proto-Fascist, Megalomaniac Prince Who Shaped Modern Italy
From Gabriele D'Annunzio to Silvio Berlusconi
February 08, 2014

At the turn of the twentieth century, Gabriele D'Annunzio was as famous as any writer alive and certainly as well-sexed. If his personal example was naughty, his political example was dangerous.

What Really Happened at the Battle of Waterloo
January 31, 2014

How many biscuits did it take to beat Napoleon? 83,428.

Charlie Crist's Achingly Bad Search for Self
January 31, 2014

He says he was never much of a Party guy, but that's just because he never really stood for anything.

The 11 Most Alain de Botton Sentences in Alain de Botton’s New Book
January 31, 2014

We read Alain de Botton so you don't have to.

Can You Apply Game Theory to Jane Austen?

Was Jane Austen a Game Theorist? Author Michael Suk-Young Chwe responds to William Deresiewicz's review of Jane Austen, Game Theorist. 

No, Mein Kampf Is Not an Amazon Bestseller
January 24, 2014

Is anyone really buying Mein Kampf?