Culture

February 17, 2014

The Wall Street Journal Wages War on Sochi, Russia
2:34 PM

The paper's coverage has been overwhelmingly condescending.

The Russians Think I'm a Russophobe? They're Right.
A Response to Myself
2:10 PM

This weekend, the American and Russian hockey teams squared off against each other at the Sochi Olympics and, even if, like me, you're not a fan of the sport, it was an undeniably gripping match, one that ended only after a white-knuckle shootout.

Why We're So Obsessed with 'Natural' Childbirth
A new history of Lamaze explains the origins of the mythology
12:00 AM

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

February 16, 2014

14 Worst Case Scenarios Involving Google's Growing Robot Army
A threat assessment
8:00 PM

Assessing Google's drones, thermostats, mechanical cheetahs and more.

True Detective's Critics Are Wrong
8:00 PM

The HBO show places us in the hands of an insane narrator, and that may not be a bad thing.

Regret is the Perfect Emotion for Our Self-Absorbed Times

We regret to inform you, but regret is not remorse

How Much Is Too Much to Spend on College? One Study Has an Answer.

Two new studies show college is still a great investment.

The Shoah and the Art Market
9:37 AM

After the recovery of missing Holocaust art from Munich, the papers have been full of breathless stories about the art's value. Is somebody missing the point?

From the Stacks: “Chicks and Chuckles”
12:00 AM

An acute anthropology of the New York City striver.

February 15, 2014

The Armory Show Made Modern Art Something You Love to Hate
Against the cult of novelty
8:00 PM

100 years ago, the cult of novelty was born. 

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