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Friendships That Saved the World

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:33:06 EDT

It wasn’t just FDR and Churchill. The prime minister also admired Gen. George Marshall, who he called the “greatest Roman of them all.” Arthur Herman reviews “Churchill, Roosevelt & Company” by Lewis E. Lehrman.



He Wanted Some Alone Time

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:58:59 EDT

Christopher Knight crept off into a Maine forest sometime in 1986. He avoided human contact for three decades, stealing food and supplies. Stefan Beck reviews “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit” by Michael Finkel.



YouTube Star Lilly Singh's Life Lessons

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:47:39 EDT

YouTube star Lilly Singh aims to translate her online followers into readers with her publishing debut, “How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life,” out this month.



How the FBI Laid a Trap for a Financial Scandal's Mastermind

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:54:26 EDT

With the cooperation of one of his former underlings, the authorities zeroed in on Tom Hayes, the disheveled, socially awkward mastermind of the Libor scandal. An excerpt from David Enrich’s new book, ‘The Spider Network.’



Men Shout, and Women Scream---at Least in Fiction

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:58:30 EDT

A statistical analysis shows a clear gender divide in the words that novelists use to describe their characters



How Much Screen Time Is Safe for Teens?

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:16:41 EDT

New research suggests that teenagers can spend a substantial amount of time on smartphones, videogames and computers without harmful effects on their mental well-being.



Painting and Politics at the Whitney Biennial

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:44:23 EDT

Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum, discusses the latest installment of the often controversial show.



An Unsentimental Family Affair

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:27:47 EDT

In James McNeill Whistler’s portrait of his mother, chaste American character meets subtle refinement.



Collectors Lend Out Their Hoard of Rembrandts and More

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:08:57 EDT

Thomas S. Kaplan and his wife, Daphne Recanati Kaplan, keep lending out their Dutch Golden Age works by Rembrandt and his contemporaries



The Case for a British-American Trade Deal

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:53:06 EDT

As Britain leaves the European Union, a comprehensive trade deal between the U.S. and the U.K. could benefit consumers, writes Daniel Hannan.



The Right Type of Happiness to Pursue

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:41:00 EDT

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on lasting contentment, harried doctors and taciturn husbands.



The Sponge That Cleans Oil Spills

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:18:04 EDT

Scientists say they have treated common household foam so that it will rapidly suck up oil from water—even below the surface



Soviet Dreams: 'Imagine Moscow' at London's Design Museum

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:20:31 EDT

A new exhibit showcases propaganda, artwork and unrealized architectural designs from the Soviet Union during the 1920s and ’30s.



Joe Queenan on Our Obsessions With Snow

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:20:34 EDT

Does snow bring out the worst in humanity? Joe Queenan has a few examples.



I Am Not a Perfectionist---Really

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:39:17 EDT

Eugenia Cheng often stays up far into the night obsessively working on something. When is it time to stop working on a project? A mathematical answer, based on optimization.



'Greyball,' From 16th-Century Clubs to Uber

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:20:42 EDT

A phrase for a controversial tool used by Uber has its roots in the private clubs of 16th-century London.



John O'Hurley of 'Seinfeld' on Harry Nilsson

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:34:33 EDT

John O’Hurley, best known for his role as J. Peterman on “Seinfeld,” on how a song by Harry Nilsson helped him through a family loss as a teenager.



What Adam and Eve Can Teach Modern Couples

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:14:56 EST

We often miss an essential fact about our biblical progenitors: They were in love, and their love survived great hardship.



Why Donald Trump's Wall Won't Keep Out Illegal Immigrants

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 06:48:12 EDT

The lure of better jobs in the U.S. will outweigh higher crossing costs, and the wall would mainly serve to enrich people-smugglers.



Joseph Altuzarra: Fashion for Turbulent Times

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:03:36 EST

The womenswear designer discusses staying humble in a showy industry and using his designs to respond to the national mood.



When Parents Know Their Newborns Won't Live Long

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:20:07 EST

Doctors are trying to improve and standardize the quality of care for families facing the worst at a pregnancy’s end.



'Nothingburger': From 1950s Hollywood to the White House

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:43:29 EST

‘Nothingburger,’ a term frequented in today’s Washington, was popularized by a 1950s gossip columnist, says word sleuth Ben Zimmer.



Does Gender Affect the Way We Navigate?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:17:02 EST

Melvin Konner looks at recent studies of how men and women navigate: What explains the differences?



Why Is the Ocean Blue?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:49:39 EST

We know that water is transparent and colorless, so what accounts for its color? Think of it as a big game of molecular pinball, writes physicist Helen Czerski.



The Long, Long Fall of Monarchy

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:59:58 EST

As the abdication of the last Romanov czar reaches a centenary, Amanda Foreman looks at the games of thrones over history.



Making Tire Filler From Eggshells

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:41:06 EST

Researchers at the Ohio State University hope to gain traction for the idea of mixing carbon black with food waste to produce rubber that meets safety standards.



Fight Back Against Friends Turning Cellphones Off

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:24:37 EST

Why do people carry around cellphones they refuse to switch on? Joe Queenan on the ringing insult of a turned-off phone, and what to do.



Will Art-Filled Florence Come Tumbling Down?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:03:54 EST

The past year has seen an upsurge of seismic activity in central Italy, stirring up debate over how to protect Florence and the country’s cultural heritage. Experts cannot predict when the next earthquake will strike Florence or how big it will be.



The Wonders of Wood Architecture

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:02:45 EST

A new book surveys buildings made of timber.



Chef Floyd Cardoz on Bob Seger's 'Against the Wind'

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 18:22:42 EST

Chef Floyd Cardoz, owner of restaurants in New York and Mumbai, talks about how Bob Seger’s song ‘Against the Wind’ helped in the pursuit of a career in food.



A Subversive, Symphonic Response to Stalin

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:07:43 EST

Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony mocked the dictator while bowing to him.



Asia's Promise Gives Way to Its Growing List of Troubles

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:53:14 EST

Riddled with economic, political and security woes, today’s Asia is more likely to produce instability and conflict than the freedom and prosperity that many once hoped for.



Why We Don't Value Flextime Enough

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 18:41:28 EST

Most American workers won’t trade less pay for a more flexible schedule, but they’re underestimating the role of free time in personal happiness.



In the Kitchen with Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:28:33 EST

The New York chef on his new all-vegetable eatery, abcV, why half of his restaurants are inside hotels and what makes a good chef.



Celebrating Failure in a Tough Drug Industry

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 23:05:11 EST

Pharmaceutical companies are going to creative lengths to tackle a common problem: how to keep employees motivated despite a high rate of failed projects.



A Poor Sense of Smell May Point to Brain Trouble

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 11:47:49 EST

A new study on the predictive power of our sense of smell suggests that a poor one may point to brain trouble, says Susan Pinker.



Sharing Bad News Can Be a Bad Idea

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:13:06 EST

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on unhelpful updates, lingering regret and lying ideologues.



Do People Look Like Their Names?

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:23:35 EST

Researchers in Israel and France found that volunteers shown a headshot of a person and several possible names picked the right one at a significantly higher rate than chance.



Jennifer Beals on 'Get Down Tonight'

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:16:54 EST

‘Flashdance’ actress Jennifer Beals talks about how ‘Get Down Tonight’ by K.C. and the Sunshine Band helped her just before she gave birth.



Computers Get Closer to Mastering Poker

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 23:58:13 EST

For the first time, a computer system has scored a big win against elite human pros at poker. But artificial intelligence hasn’t completely cracked the game.



The Secret History of Wrongly Named Winners

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:56:34 EST

The Oscars were hardly the first event to wrongly name a winner. Joe Queenan has gone back to the archives, from the Bible to George Armstrong Custer.



How 'Gaggle' Moved From Geese to Reporters

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:09:09 EST

A dispute over a White House off-camera press “gaggle” raises the question: How did these meetings get called “gaggles,” historically linked with flocks of noisy geese?



A Paris Museum Conjures a Dealer's Starry Era

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 15:40:11 EST

Art-gallery owner Paul Rosenberg had deals with some of the art stars of the mid-20th century—Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque. A new exhibition brings back some of the best works.



Turning Back the Clock---to Jump Ahead

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:59:31 EST

John Adams’s ‘Harmonielehre’ gave Minimalism a push forward.



That's the Way the Party Crumbles

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:56:58 EST

As grass-roots activism intensifies, both the Democrats and the Republicans are facing identity crises—and the prospect of a wild new era of independent actors in American politics.



Farewell to Kenneth Arrow, a Gentle Genius of Economics

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:18:03 EST

Lawrence H. Summers remembers his uncle, Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth Arrow.



High Altitudes, Violent Lands

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:56:06 EST

Mountainous regions are home to just 10% of the world’s population—and many of its ugliest and most persistent wars.



Robert George's Conservative Thinking in the Age of Trump

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:50:51 EST

The Princeton legal scholar on America’s refugee policy, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and his ‘I told you so’ moment with liberal friends over the recent flood of executive orders.



The Grim Truth Behind the 'Winner Effect'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:13:02 EST

Why do winners keep on winning? Two recent studies examine the neurobiology of aggression.



The Chinese Origins of 'Paper Tiger'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:32:40 EST

The phrase, popularized by Mao’s writings, is one of a handful of Chinese idioms that have been translated directly into English.



Is Art Market Recovering? London Auctions May Tell

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:02:31 EST

In London, auctions with works by Picasso, Le Corbusier and Barceló could give evidence whether the ailing art market is finally turning around.