Culture

August 14, 2014

Lauren Bacall Was a Liberal Idol in a Rabidly Anti-Communist Hollywood
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With her husband Humphrey Bogart, she resisted the studios' shameful blacklisting.

James Woods' Classic Takedown of Faux-Dickensian 'Hysterical Realism'
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The legendary castigation of big, bouncy novels that lack humanity.

August 13, 2014

Silicon Valley Is Ruining "Sharing" for Everybody
The marketing lie behind companies like Airbnb and Lyft
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They say they're all about making friends. Here's how you can tell that's not true. 

China's Millennial Literary Rivals Are Now Battling at the Box Office Too
Which young author-turned-director speaks more to China's youth?

Meet the two men fighting for the ears of China's youth.

John Updike Beautifully Explains How Difficult It Was To Read John Cheever's Tortured Journals
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Cheever's life was often a mess of chaos. Updike still sees the beauty in it.

August 12, 2014

Your Baby's Pacifier Could Be Stunting His Emotional Growth
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If you really want to bond with your baby, ditch the binky.

You'll Probably Never Catch Ebola—So Why is the Disease so Terrifying?

We like to think we've conquered disease. In reality, we're not even close.

August 11, 2014

This Was Robin Williams's Best Non-Comedic Performance

The comedian, who died Monday at the age of 63, was just as good in his serious roles, shorn of his marvelous manic vaudeville.

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