Suzy Batiz’s Empire of Odor

After making a fortune off Poo-Pourri, the serial entrepreneur is spreading her gospel of corporate mysticism. | Continue reading | 6 hours ago

How High Can High-Waisted Pants Go?

The renewed demand for a style that was once a sartorial horror carries the sentiment that if the pants are not giving you an instant wedgie or a yeast infection, they are too low-cut. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Emily Dickinson, Freelancer

I’m Nobody! Who are you? / Are you—Unverified—too? | Continue reading | 4 days ago

The Case Against Boeing

Since Samya Stumo’s death in a 737 MAX crash, her parents and her great-uncle, Ralph Nader, have devoted themselves to proving that the airline put profit over safety. | Continue reading | 6 days ago

The Dangerous Acceptance of Donald Trump

If Trump came to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment would be over. | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Albert Einstein, Scientist and Mob Idol

From 1933: The popular uproar over the theory of relativity surprised no one more than the author of the theory: he had been almost a recluse, and his sudden glory appalled him. | Continue reading | 7 days ago

When America Tried to Deport Its Radicals

A hundred years ago, the Palmer Raids imperilled thousands of immigrants. Then a wily official got in the way. | Continue reading | 7 days ago


The former New York City mayor also told Trump that he would cover the moving expenses of Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Kellyanne Conway. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Dreams Change Under Authoritarianism

When the Nazis came to power, the writer Charlotte Beradt began collecting people’s dreams. The resulting book uncovered the effects the regime had on the collective unconscious. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Man and Things (1947)

Everything made by human hands is a thing. That is the only general definition I will allow myself. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

My Year of Concussions

The thud was thicker than I’d expected. It felt as if my head had been slammed in a car door. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

The Slowness of Literature and the Shadow of Knowledge

Science and literature alike are readers of the world. And, sooner or later, both lead us to the unreadable, the boundary at which the unintelligible begins. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

The End of Food (2014)

Has a tech entrepreneur come up with a product to replace our meals? | Continue reading | 9 days ago

The Rise and Fall of WeWork

Employees look back on a wild ride in Unicornland. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

The Myth and Magic of Generating New Ideas

A mathematician on how to get the mind into motion. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

What W. E. B. Du Bois Conveyed in His Captivating Infographics

A new book reprints some of the striking photographs and statistical graphics that Du Bois and his curators commissioned for an exhibit at the 1900 World’s Fair. | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Liberalism According to The Economist

Founded in 1843 to spread the doctrine of laissez-faire, the magazine has wielded influence like no other. But at what cost? | Continue reading | 11 days ago

The Ham-Handed, Money-Driven Mangling of Sports Illustrated and Deadspin

How new owners brought about the demise of a leading sports Web site and the decline of its legacy-media predecessor. | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Men Who Still Love “Fight Club”

David Fincher’s film, from 1999, has become a focal point for the exploration of postmodern masculinity, white-male resentment, and consumerism. | Continue reading | 12 days ago

A Hundred Years of T. S. Eliot’s “Tradition and the Individual Talent”

What makes the poet’s 1919 manifesto such a durable touchstone? | Continue reading | 13 days ago

When the Beatles Walked Offstage: Fifty Years of “Abbey Road”

The album, now reissued in a super-deluxe edition on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, was the Beatles’ last word—the final recordings by the most popular and influential artists of the nineteen-sixties. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

A Dark Ride

Divorce and disillusion in the Magic Kingdom. | Continue reading | 18 days ago

The Education of an Idealist

Samantha Power made a career arguing for America’s “responsibility to protect.” During her years in the White House, it became clear that benevolent motives can have calamitous results. | Continue reading | 18 days ago

“The World Is, of Course, Insane”: An Interview with Errol Morris

The director discusses Steve Bannon, Elizabeth Holmes, filmmaking, and the truth. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

We Can’t Tell the Truth About Aging

A long life is a gift. But will we really be grateful for it? | Continue reading | 19 days ago

A Cybersecurity Firm’s Sharp Rise and Stunning Collapse

Tiversa dominated an emerging online market—before it was accused of fraud, extortion, and manipulating the federal government. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Should We Pay to Enter Bookstores?

There must be a way to level the playing field a bit between brick-and-mortar shops and cheaper, more convenient online retailers, ideally sooner rather than later. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners

In the photographs from Sage Sohier’s book “Animals,” cartoonish wit, crowded domesticity, and a faintly sinister air are common. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

The Nature of Thomas Edison’s Genius

The inventor did not look for problems in need of solutions; he looked for solutions in need of modification. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

The Importance of Cigarette Receipts in a Thirty-Two-Year-Old Murder Case

Two Brooklyn men have asked a court to vacate their convictions for the murder of a French tourist in 1987. Could proving the purchase of a carton of Marlboros provide the key to their exoneration? | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Astrology in the Age of Uncertainty

Millennials who see no contradiction between using astrology and believing in science are fuelling a resurgence of the practice. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Why They Bulldozed Your Block

What can we learn from Ed Logue, the long-reviled master of “urban renewal”? | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Bing Crosby and the Nazis Helped to Create Silicon Valley (2013)

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The French Economist Who Helped Invent Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax

After doing more than just about any other economists to describe the powerful effect that accumulated wealth has on global inequality, Gabriel Zucman and his colleagues are now advocating for a solution. | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Know What the First Amendment Is For

The Facebook C.E.O. is symptomatic of our collective refusal to think about speech and the media in complicated ways. | Continue reading | 25 days ago

When the Government Seizes Your Embryos

In Poland, single women who have frozen embryos are now barred from accessing them. | Continue reading | 25 days ago

The Demise of Physical Comedy

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Can Brain Science Help Us Break Bad Habits?

Studies suggest that relying on will power is hopeless. Instead, we must find strategies that don’t require us to be strong. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Black Napkins

In addition to preventing lint disasters, they allow for “continued confident napkin use.” | Continue reading | 27 days ago

How to Mourn a Glacier

In Iceland, a memorial ceremony suggests new ways to think about climate change. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

My Years in the Florida Shuffle of Drug Addiction

Cycling through relapse and recovery, and the industry that enables both. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Mark Zuckerberg still doesn't get it

It’s long past time for the Facebook C.E.O. to come up with a new ideology, or at least a new branding strategy. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Life at the Top (2013)

Window washers on skyscrapers brave dizzying heights and embrace new technology to protect the modern buildings under their care. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

How to Read “Gilgamesh”

The heart of the world’s oldest long poem is found in its gaps and mysteries. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Oscar Wilde Painted over “Dorian Gray”

The greatest of Wilde’s fairy tales failed to scandalize America. England was, of course, another matter. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Poverty Lab

Transforming development economics, one experiment at a time. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

TheRealReal’s Online Luxury Consignment Shop

How the reseller brings designer goods into the “circular economy.” | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The Poverty Lab

Transforming development economics, one experiment at a time. | Continue reading | 1 month ago