Four Years Later

The heartbreaking failure of Haiti's recovery

Four years after an earthquake killed more than 200,000, here's what life in the country looks like today.

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Matthew Weiner Is Overrated

The 'Mad Men' auteur's false advertising

 It’s not that “Mad Men” is bad. It’s just not nearly as good as most people say it is. 

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How Kafka Actually Lived

He did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed

Kafka did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed.

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A researcher tested top musicians. The results were pretty surprising.

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From 1964 to 1968, close to 34,000 Americans died in South Vietnam. We will never know how many Vietnamese women, men, and children perished during those years, but the total, according to most estimates, was at least one million. Among the dead were tens of thousands of civilians—blown apart by explosives dropped from planes, burned to death by napalm, or gunned down by U.S.

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Young adult books (and films) speak to the part of us whose identity is yet unformed, full of rage and fear and longing.

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The Norwegian Government Keeps Book Publishers Alive

And other reasons it's the best place in the world to be a writer

And other reasons Norway is the best place in the world to be a writer.

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In France, unions and employers’ federations just signed a legally binding deal stipulating that workers should not have to check their work emails after they leave the office. Should we all follow suit? 

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My Adult Circumcision

How I made the cut for my new religion

How I made the cut for my new religion.

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