Culture

February 03, 2014

The Real Reason Abortion Has Declined
It's not due to harsh new laws in many states—not yet, anyway

It's not due to harsh new laws in many states—not yet, anyway.

February 02, 2014

Let's Stop Pretending That French Is an Important Language
8:00 PM

The idea that American-born children need to learn French has become more reflex than action, like classical music played at the wedding of people who live to modern pop.

There's One Odd Thing Missing from the Home of the Winter Olympics
4:50 PM

In December, photographer Max Adveev travelled to Sochi, where workers were hustling to finish assembling the home of this month’s winter Olympics.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: 1967-2014
3:02 PM

The actor, found dead this afternoon in his New York apartment, defied all Hollywood convention.

January 31, 2014

What Really Happened at the Battle of Waterloo
8:00 PM

How many biscuits did it take to beat Napoleon? 83,428.

Charlie Crist's Achingly Bad Search for Self
8:00 PM

He says he was never much of a Party guy, but that's just because he never really stood for anything.

Stephen Hawking Stopped Believing in Black Holes
8:00 PM

This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. For a scientist whose career was made by his work on black holes, it might seem a little confusing to read that Stephen Hawking now thinks that they don’t exist.

Meet the Anti-Semitic French Comedian Who Invented the Quenelle
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This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. The Passage de la Main d’Or, half a mile or so from the Place de la Bastille, is a nondescript, narrow street in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, which these days is a fairly chic quarter in eastern Paris.

The Minor Greatness of Benjamin Britten
How did England's best composer accomplish so much when he aimed for so little?

Benjamin Britten was England’s great hope for serious modern music. So why was he happy to make so many small, precious works—and do they stand the test of time?

Social Psychologists: It Takes 36 Days After a Tragedy Before Jokes About It Become Funny
The science of humor
1:57 PM

Too soon? Researchers have an answer for you.

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