From the category archives:


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Google’s Earth

We have yet to take Google’s measure. We’ve seen nothing like it before, and we already perceive much of our world through it. We would

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Writers and Critics

Writing, remember, is the only art in which the creator is publicly judged by people who do precisely the same thing, but as a rule

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Revisiting Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire

At once rarefied and accessible, with a singular visual style that’s impossible to carbon-date, Wings has earned its place alongside the likes of The Seventh

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24M Bachelors Condemned to Life Without a Wife

The country’s leading think-tank describes the gender imbalance among newborns as the most serious demographic problem facing China. The surplus of bachelors — known as

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A New Turn in Dark Tourism Comes to Haiti

Paging David Foster Wallace:

A huge Royal Caribbean liner docked 60 miles away from Haiti’s devastation in the heavily guarded resort of Labadee, and it

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Against repressive antisentimentalism

Marriage is Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell standing side by side in the closing scene of His Girl Friday, nattering on with the same jollity

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College Ivy Sprouts at a CT Prison

During her class in the prison, Professor Richards walked a fine line between energizing her students with the demands of real scholarship and scaring them

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Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Two-Part Harmonies

In any society, he maintained, “the purpose of a myth is to provide a logical model capable of overcoming a contradiction.”

As he saw it,

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