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Linda Fairstein on James Taylor's 'Fire and Rain'

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 16:58:20 EDT

Crime novelist Linda Fairstein talks about James Taylor’s ‘Fire and Rain,’ a standard about a tragedy that can still make her cry after almost five decades.

Best-Selling Books, Week Ended July 16

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:58:00 EDT

Best-Selling Books, week ended July 16, with data from NPD BookScan

The Annoying Everyday Drags on the Economy

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:17:25 EDT

Americans collectively waste billions of dollars a year overpaying for parking. Humorist Joe Queenan adds up the costs of other daily annoyances.

Can the Tech Giants Be Stopped?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:25:09 EDT

Google, Facebook, Amazon and other tech behemoths are transforming the U.S. economy and labor market, with scant public debate or scrutiny. Changing course won’t be easy.

Don't Fear the Robots

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:19:41 EDT

Smart machines will replace some jobs, but they will create many more by generating new wealth and higher demand for products and services.

Why Anyone Can Be Chinese

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:12:49 EDT

A Westerner who’s lived in China for more than two decades argues that Chinese identity should be cultural, not racial.

Dancer Wendy Whelan's Next Steps

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:37:00 EDT

The former ballerina, who reluctantly left the New York City Ballet three years ago, talks about aging out of her field and finding a new place in contemporary dance.

After 'Wonder Woman,' Let's Cast More Women in Bit Parts Too

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:19:15 EDT

An actress dreams of seeing more women playing roles so minor that their characters don’t even merit a proper name

The Watergate Phrase 'Smoking Gun' Is Back

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:42:02 EDT

The reaction to Donald Trump Jr.’s release of emails brought back discussions using the phrase ‘smoking gun,’ of Watergate fame.

Facebook's Surprising Role in Bereavement

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:03:14 EDT

Research shows that Facebook social networks can play a role in—and possibly enhance—intimacy and grieving after the loss of a close friend.

The Smart Windows That Could Be Sunglasses for Your House

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:19:43 EDT

Princeton scientists coated a piece of glass with a laminate that will turn the panel dark blue on command.

The Perils of Cultural Purity

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:21:17 EDT

Amanda Foreman on recent moves to suppress “cultural appropriation” and the need for a free exchange of ideas among societies.

At the Met, Art of the War to End Wars

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:15:49 EDT

Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, helmets as sculpture and poster propaganda: an exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art evokes World War I

Architecture Without Ornament

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:45:23 EDT

A new book showcases the clean, simple style of modernist buildings.

A Sharing Economy for Pants, Hats and More

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:37:51 EDT

Beyond the much vaunted ride-sharing industry: Joe Queenan foresees an economy for communal egg whisks, fancy pumps and brandy snifters.

Elizabeth Strout on 'Blowin' in the Wind'

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:25:53 EDT

Novelist Elizabeth Strout on the changing meanings of the Bob Dylan standby ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ for a child raised in Maine and later listening as an adult.

Ornate Design That Strikes an Elegant Note

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:42:21 EDT

Greco-Roman touches abound in Henry Marquand’s Steinway grand piano, ornamented by Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

The Smart-Medicine Solution to the Health-Care Crisis

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:57:37 EDT

Our health-care system won’t be fixed by insurance reform. To contain costs and improve results, we need to move aggressively to adopt the tools of information-age medicine.

The Power of Positive Parenting

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:59:01 EDT

Parents naturally zoom in on what their children are doing wrong, but shifting to focus on a child’s strengths is more effective.

China's Awkward Debt Problem

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:34:31 EDT

Why can’t China kick its debt addiction? The obstacles are political, not economic.

Hans Zimmer, Movie Maestro

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 17:30:22 EDT

The film-score composer on working with directors, performing his own music and finding the tune for ‘Dunkirk.’

How to Get Old Brains To Think Like Young Ones

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 12:25:10 EDT

Researchers have started to unravel why older brains are less flexible than young ones—and have used their findings to reverse the process.

On View: Contradictions of Designer-Architect Ettore Sottsass

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:44:20 EDT

The Met Breuer museum in New York is opening an exhibition about the contradiction-filled career of designer-architect Ettore Sottsass

Moths Help Scientists Attack Glare

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:30:00 EDT

Inspired by the structure of moths’ eyes, researchers have invented a coating that sharply cuts the sun’s glare on electronic screens.

Telepathy for Facebook and Then the World

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:11:34 EDT

With Facebook working on a way for people to communicate telepathically, Joe Queenan imagines who would gain. Millennial job-seekers, perhaps?

The Art of Magic

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:27:06 EDT

An exhibit at the McCord Museum in Montreal showcases posters for magic shows from the 1880s through the 1930s.

Thriller Author Christopher Brookmyre on Big Country

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 17:30:14 EDT

The prize-winning thriller writer Christopher Brookmyre recalls how the song “In a Big Country” united him and his girlfriend.

Job Renewal in Appalachia

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:12:31 EDT

Coalfield Development Corp. is training unemployed people in West Virginia to work in industries like agriculture and solar power.

Can Money Buy Happiness?

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:42:50 EDT

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on the power of wealth, the effect of location on voting and how to control email.

Watching Life's Pleasures and Pains Unfold

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:44:05 EDT

Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy—‘Marius,’ ‘Fanny‘ and ‘César’—tells a story filled with comedy and emotion, realism and poetry.

America, Meet America: Getting Past Our Toxic Partisanship

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 16:29:08 EDT

Bringing back U.S. exchange programs could help remind citizens what we all have in common.

Parents Do Have a Favorite Child

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:03:01 EDT

Studies have found that most parents have a favorite. How to keep a healthy balance in the family.

In Tough Times, Religion Can Offer a Sturdy Shelter

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:36:07 EDT

Many recent studies have shown that religious observance can strengthen resilience to stress and illness.

Transcendental Meditation for Everyone

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:55:55 EDT

Bob Roth, chief executive of the David Lynch Foundation, teaches transcendental meditation to a range of students, from elementary-school children to CEOs.

How 'Bona Fide' Became a Key Player in Travel-Ban Debate

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:48:47 EDT

In its opinion on the travel ban, the Supreme Court’s use of the Latin phrase “bona fide” put a spotlight on a phrase with many variations and pronunciations.

A New Way to Sense Worn-Out Tires

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:51:45 EDT

Duke University researchers say a low-cost sensor system can sound the alarm when tire treads are getting run down.

The Science of a Ripe Watermelon

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:15:25 EDT

Can you really tell if a watermelon is ripe by tapping it? A physicist explains.

Swimming With the Sharks

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 10:25:11 EDT

An exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., looks at the underwater world of sharks.

In London, a Celebration of Plywood

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 00:24:05 EDT

A new exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum shows how some major designers used plywood, from tables and chairs to parts of a racing car.

The Fine Art of Customer-Care Lip Service

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:11:19 EDT

American Airlines promised to shrink legroom on some seats, then reneged—partially. Joe Queenan expects this to be part of a new trend.

The Song-Cycle Ancestors of 'Sgt. Pepper'

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:30:48 EDT

Has the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” lasted because it’s so traditional? Amanda Foreman on the long history of the song cycle.

Mike Tyson on 'Love Is the Message'

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:38:13 EDT

Former boxing champion Mike Tyson recalls the first time he heard MFSB’s “Love Is the Message”—and how a cassette consisting of nothing but that song was “the sound of success.”