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- Jan 22 20171 minute
Obama Lit 101: Further Reading
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P 2013 In the Brooklyn milieu of Ivy League and Oberlinish grads, the question is whether a durable relationship in a free romantic market can be made strictly on the basis of intellectual résumés. Adelle Waldman’s meri
- Aug 21 20161 minute
How Much Does It Matter, Anyway?
FOR 60-PLUS YEARS, the Paris Review has asked writers just what they do every day. Judging from the excerpts below, a whole lot of them spend their time thinking—and arguing—about plot.
- Aug 15 20163 minutes
Just Imagining a Workout Can Make You Stronger
I bet when you woke up this morning, even before you opened your eyes, you knew where all of your limbs were. You didn’t have to look at, or try moving them, to feel their presence. This is because you have the power of proprioception (it’s also some
- Jan 28 20168 minutes
How to Survive Solitary Confinement: An ex-convict on how to set your mind free.
With a sigh, Johnny Perez rises from his plastic chair, unfolds his lanky frame and extends his wingspan until the tips of his middle fingers graze the walls. “It was from here to here,” he says. “I know because I used to do this all the time.” Until
- Jul 11 20161 minute
Daniel Radcliffe Life After Potter
It’s been five years since Daniel Radcliffe retired Harry Potter’s wand, and the 26-year-old’s grown-up career is going strong. He stars as a surprisingly emotional dead guy (just go with it) in the new movie Swiss Army Man and as a lonely New Yorker
- Jun 26 20146 minutes
The Challenges of Illustrating Science: Two Nautilus artists share their creative visions.
Science is a meticulous process, requiring experiment after experiment to arrive at a new truth. So it may come as a surprise to learn that the specific results of science can be illustrated with metaphors, which leave room for interpretation. That’s
- Dec 25 20165 minutes
Why Walt Whitman Called America the 'Greatest Poem'
The 19th-century writer believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to make a unified whole out of disparate parts.
- Nov 29 20154 minutes
Inside The Mind Of A Caricaturist
The “Caricature Generator” is a computer program that takes an image of a person’s face, finds its differences as compared to the “average” male face, and then exaggerates them in a novel rendering of the original portrait. Each face is broken up int
- Jan 5 20173 minutes
NBC’s Emerald City Takes Dorothy to a Darker Oz
The influence of Game of Thrones is palpable in this edgy new network drama.
- Sep 19 20162 minutes
Tales of a Kids’-Lit Power Couple
FAIRY TALES USUALLY INVOLVE A happily-ever-after, and Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi’s love story is no exception. Riggs, 37, and Mafi, 28, were already best-selling writers when they met: he is the author of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Ch
- Jul 15 20132 minutes
Why People Love to Get Lost in Books
In the huge range of different human cultural inclinations, one of the most widespread is a fondness for stories. We just love to get lost in a good book or movie. When we do, we tend to ignore where we are and become completely absorbed in the story
- Nov 14 20163 minutes
Why Do We Get Transported by Stories We Know Aren’t True?
In Jasper Fforde’s lighthearted “Thursday Next” series of books, people can use a “prose portal” to enter the world of a book, to change the plot or kidnap a character. The prose portal is an imaginative metaphor for a familiar experience: feeling ta
- Jan 14 201613 minutes
Beauty Is Physics’ Secret Weapon: A Nobel laureate maps his path to discovery.
We recognize beauty when we see it, right? Michelangelo’s David, Machu Picchu, an ocean sunrise. Could we say the same about the cosmos itself? Frank Wilczek, a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, thinks we can. And sho