February 10, 2014

The True Story of America's First Black Female Slave Novelist
The woman behind 'The Bondwoman's Narrative'
8:00 PM

The once-unidentified writer of The Bondwoman's Narrative, and a stunning story that goes from North Carolina to revolutionary Nicaragua to the free North.

Let's Not Wage War on Smokers
Quitting smoking is good. Stigmatizing smokers isn't.
5:14 PM

Quitting smoking is good for your health. Research shows that stigmatizing smokers is not.

Russian Olympian Irina Rodnina Blames Racist Obama Tweet on a Hacker
4:07 PM

In September, Olympic torch ligher Irina Rodnina tweeted a doctored, racist photo of Obama and vocally defended it. Five months later, she's figured out a better explanation.

Which Team Would Draft Openly Gay Player Michael Sam?
2:44 PM

A look at the NFL's locker rooms and defensive schemes give us some clues about where Michael Sam will end up.

Boris Pasternak Lived In The Wrong Century
Irving Howe on the tragedy of our twentieth-century Tolstoy
1:57 PM

Boris Pasternak was born 124 years ago on this day. In honor of his birthday, here is Irving Howe's appraisal of the unique genius of Pasternak's best-known work, Doctor Zhivago.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Olympic Opening Ceremony
How copyright infringement explains modern Russia
1:12 PM

A Russian singer accused the Opening Ceremonies of using her song without permission. Their response shows the real essence of Russia.

The New Republic Wins Type Directors Club Communication Design Competition
12:33 PM

PRESS RELEASEWashington, D.C. — The New Republic's Books and the Arts ampersand series won the Type Directors Club Communication Design Competition and received the "Certificate of Typographic Excellence." 

Sure, Yulia Lipnitskaya Is an Amazing Skater, But She Is Also a Child
9:11 AM

Sure, she's amazing, but don't you think Yulia Lipnitskaya looked a little...pubescent out there?

February 09, 2014

College Football Prospect Comes Out, Challenging the NFL to Draft Him
9:55 PM

Michael Sam will be the first openly gay NFL player, if the NFL can get over itself.

Photo: Serena Williams Playing Tennis in Outer Space
8:00 PM

In a boxing match, the combatants are rarely more than a couple of feet apart. Even the punch that separates them absolutely—the moment marking the difference between victory and defeat—unites them in brutal intimacy.