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

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

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

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

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Is anyone really buying Mein Kampf?

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The best 9/11 novel is a comic one

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The printed page still matters, even where you wouldn't expect it.

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On the anniversary of George Orwell's death, a look at his deepest fears.

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No, Jane Austen Was Not a Game Theorist

Using science to explain art is a good way to butcher both

Proust was a neuroscientist. Jane Austen was a game theorist. Dickens was a gastroenterologist. Enough with the using science to explain art.

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Balanchine's Mystery Woman

The dancer who might have set the course for 20th-century ballet

After the Soviet revolutions of 1917, the czar was gone but ballet remained. A fascinating history of how George Balanchine helped remake ballet for the people—and just who helped him do so.

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