Books

The Three Most Important Traits of People Who Make the World Work
"Invisibles" perform key tasks without seeking credit. And they're in high demand.
June 01, 2014

Are you an "invisible"? If you're skilled, creative and don't care much about getting credit, the job market is hot for you. 

When French Irrationality Was Deadly
The writers who fell in love with fascism
May 31, 2014

France was the seat of the Enlightenment and intellectual order. Perhaps this made its writers fall in love with disorder.

The Winner in the Kinsley-Greenwald Spat: The New York Times Book Review
Opinion journalism—which is what a book review is—can not be subject to some kind of impartial standard of correctness.
May 29, 2014

Opinion journalism—which is what a book review is—can not be subject to some kind of impartial standard of correctness.

Saint Maya
Angelou's flawed books helped relieve black writers of the burden of representing their race
May 28, 2014

There isn't much art in her books, but she helped pave the way for black writers who can enjoy the luxury of being merely individuals rather than representatives of their race.

Jeb Bush Claims He's More Bookish Than His Brother. Karl Rove Begs To Differ.
May 27, 2014

My Genghis Khan biography eats your Kindle for lunch, little bro.

Novels About Famous Writers' Wives Are a Cheap Trick
Leave Zelda, Hadley, and the rest out of it
May 26, 2014

The demand for fiction cast in the template of “the creative person's wife” shows little sign of abating.

We Need a Strong Prison System
But we need to imprison people for fewer crimes and for less time
May 24, 2014

But we need to imprison people for fewer crimes and for less time

The 2014 Summer Reading Guide
9 smart, entertaining new books to get you through the summer
May 21, 2014

Pack at least one of these before you head out on vacation.

Finally, an Academic Text Devoted to '50 Shades of Grey'
When a very smart scholar takes on a very dumb book
May 19, 2014

What happens when a very smart scholar tries to find meaning in a very dumb book

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