Culture

September 21, 2014

Virgos Need Not Apply
China's surprising—and sometimes scary—love of astrology

The surprising—and sometimes scary—prominence of astrology in China.

Why Drugs Are a Metaphor for Some Foods, and Sex Is a Metaphor for Others
Exploring the language of Yelp reviews
12:00 PM

The answers lie in Yelp reviews.

September 20, 2014

What If Counterfactuals Never Existed?
Studying history with hypotheticals

Studying history with hypotheticals.

September 19, 2014

The Timeless Charm of Lauren Bacall
8:00 PM

A feminist before there was feminism.

What Robert Burns Would Have Made of Scottish Independence
Robert Burns helped to forge a pride of place that has become a reservoir of national identity
5:00 PM

The poet helped forge Scotland's national identity.

We Shouldn't Forget Liberalism's Religious Roots
5:00 PM

21st-century liberalism is a pale shadow of its 19th-century ancestor.

Ebola Is Spreading Way Faster Than Anyone Predicted
4:35 PM

The current outbreak is off the charts.

Finally, a Russian Jewish Novel Breaks Out of the Autobiographical Rut

New novel asks how the heroism of Soviet-era Jewish dissidents becomes a blueprint for political action for a new generation.

George Orwell Wrote One of the Most Incensed Takedowns of American Fashion Magazines
11:30 AM

Even in the 1940s, he'd had enough of super skinny, unrealistic models. 

Jeffrey Tambor’s New Role Made Him “Throw-Up Nervous”
12:00 AM

He's playing a woman for the first time.

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