- Nov 7 20165 minutes
Read A Novel: It’s Just What The Doctor Ordered
IT’S WELL-ESTABLISHED SCIENCE THAT READING boosts vocabulary, sharpens reason and expands intellectual horizons. But the latest round of research on the benefits of literature focuses on how it improves not our IQ, but our EQ. Book lovers profess a
- Oct 17 20161 minute
How Mindfulness Can Save You Money
IF YOU PUT PEOPLE IN BRAIN SCANNERS and give them something delicious—say, wine or chocolate—the reward centers of their brains light up. In other words, it’s making them feel good. But if you promise them a delicious item in the future, there’s no r
- Dec 1 201611 minutes
Autism's Placebo Problem
People on the spectrum—and their families—can be more easily swayed in their responses to treatments than previously thought.
- Oct 1 20164 minutes
Man of the World
Shakespeare may never have left England, but he became the most global writer who ever lived.
- Aug 21 20162 minutes
The History of Plot
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
- Aug 22 20163 minutes
Even With Baz Luhrmann Behind It, The Get Down Misses Too Many Beats
THE GET DOWN, NETFLIX’S NEW series about the birth of hip-hop, has an unlikely lead character, one who feels things too deeply to speak up. Besieged by the decay of 1977 New York City as envisioned by co-creators Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis
- Jul 18 20161 minute
212. Blank Verse Under A Big Sky
Radhika Jones Technically he’s not our bard, but you wouldn’t know it from the performances that light up the American landscape every summer. How did a playwright who died four years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth give rise to an annual tra
- Aug 29 20162 minutes
Elegy With A Side Of Applesauce
SARAH BEGLEY ADULTS TEND TO FRET about how kids will handle the death of a loved one. How much can they understand about permanence? What should they be told about the possibility of an afterlife? How will they move on? The children’s books that st
- Dec 1 201621 minutes
Searching For Lost Knowledge In The Age Of Intelligent Machines
As search engines are radically reinvented, computers and people are becoming partners in exploration.
- Dec 6 20164 minutes
Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self
The same part of the brain that allows us to step into the shoes of others also helps us restrain ourselves.
- Jun 1 20164 minutes
Lines Of Resistance
Will America see a rebirth of political verse?