Books

Against the Tyranny of Natural-Childbirth Elitists
Doulas and hot tubs aren't better than doctors and hospitals
May 04, 2014

And hot tubs aren't better than hospitals.

Technology Is Taking Over English Departments
The false promise of the digital humanities
May 02, 2014

Humanists should critique the digital humanities, not embrace it, unless they want to sell their birthright for a mess of apps. 

'Atlas Shrugged' No Longer Ranks Among Americans' Top Ten Favorite Books
April 29, 2014

Ayn Rand is off; but F. Scott Fitzgerald is on; and Harper Lee moves up. 

These Two Women Have Been to 17 Weddings and Interviewed 80 Bridesmaids
Here's what they learned about the wedding-industrial complex.
April 28, 2014

Here's what they learned about the wedding-industrial complex.

Slut-Shaming Helen of Troy
If we blame her for the Trojan War, what does it say about us?
April 26, 2014

If we blame Helen for the Trojan War, what does it say about us?

Thomas Jefferson Was a Muslim
A candidate was accused of being a closet Muslim. In the 18th century, not the 21st.
April 25, 2014

In the smear campaign before the U.S. presidential election, a candidate was accused of being a closet Muslim. The time was the 18th century, not the 21st.

Piketty's 'Capital': A Hit That Was, Wasn't, Then Was Again
How the French tome has rocked the tiny Harvard University Press
April 24, 2014

Here's the story of how a 700-page French economics book topped Amazon—and sent a small publisher scrambling.

Thomas Piketty Is Right
Everything you need to know about 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'
April 22, 2014

Here's everything you need to know about 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'

Barbara Ehrenreich: I'm an Atheist, But Don't Rule Out "Mystical Experiences"
A Q&A with the author of "Living With a Wild God"
April 20, 2014

Barbara Ehrenreich wants you to take mystical experiences seriously, unless they involve a benevolent monotheistic deity.

Why Do Our Offices Make Us So Miserable?
The unhappy history of the workplace
April 20, 2014

Ninety-three percent of people who work in cubicles “would prefer a different workspace.”

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