The Year in Music

The Best Albums of 2013, the Year Marketing Almost Took Over Music

Marketing threatened to overshadow the sound in the year's big releases. These ten albums managed to stand on their own,

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The New York Times columnist's Christmas musings show he just doesn't understand atheists.

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Christmas lunch is the most important social occasion of the year

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In what may well be the season’s best Christmas story, Icelandic activists have stalled the construction of a highway because they are afraid for the safety of the local elf population. Most of the time, facts have their place as rightful arbiters of action. Elves do not normally qualify. Friends of Lava, the group leading the effort against the highway, is concerned about the environment and Iceland’s cultural heritage, which is where the elves come in.

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Count the holiday cards on your mantel: That’s how many people care about you, according to a 2003 social-network study.

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Adderall is middle-class meth—and other lessons from embedding with meth users

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Trying to create the future of online education is harder than it seemed.

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The real secret about perversion? It doesn't exist.

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Your official Atheists' Guide to Christmas: How to discuss—and enjoy!—Santa, Carols, and even the birth of Jesus.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald died 72 years ago today. Read this old review of The Beautiful and Damned.

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