September 28, 2012 • 3:59 am
SOMETIMES it takes but a single pebble to start an avalanche. On January 21st Timothy Gowers, a mathematician at Cambridge University, wrote a blog post outlining the reasons for his longstanding boycott of research journals published by Elsevier. This firm, which is based in the Netherlands, owns more than 2,000 journals, including such top-ranking titles as Cell and the …
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September 19, 2012 • 2:15 am
THE rulers of ancient Rome were ruthlessly pragmatic in matters of religion. When a tribe was subdued and its lands added to the imperial realm, Rome would appropriate the subject-people’s gods and add them to an ever-growing pantheon of exotic …
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September 18, 2012 • 7:16 pm
To understand how air-force navigator Tyler Stark ended up in a thornbush in the Libyan desert in March 2011, one must understand what it’s like to be president of the United States—and this president in particular. Hanging around Barack Obama for six months, in the …
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September 9, 2012 • 12:37 am
FOR Shakespeare it was a “detested, dark, blood-drinking pit”; to Henry Miller, “that bushy twat”. That special place between a woman’s legs has been a “Heavenly Gate” to Chinese Taoists, and a “gash” or worse in contemporary slang. Each term is a cultural …
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September 4, 2012 • 4:41 am
This week in the magazine, Ariel Levy reviews Naomi Wolf’s book “Vagina: A New Biography.” Here Levy talks with …
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August 15, 2012 • 5:24 am
Sift the debris of a young writer’s education, and you find dreadful things — strictures, prohibitions, dos, don’ts, an unnatural and nearly neurotic obsession with style, argument and …
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Ars longa, vita brevis, said Hippocrates—more or less: time’s a-wastin’. The worst corollary of this aphorism, to my mind, is that we are not going to have time to …
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When straight guy friends used to ask me for advice on how to talk to women, I’d suggest, first, that they ask the women something about themselves. Along the lines of that shocker, here’s another piece of …
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“I had a dream about someone killing me.” The first line spoken by Jack Ferver in his solo “Two Alike,” a collaboration with the visual artist Marc Swanson, led me to believe that I was in for a tortured journey. But it soon became clear that Ferver is not interested in maudlin self-pity. To be sure, the performance of …
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