Oct 042010
 

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Leonardo and Michelangelo were driven and difficult, which is central to their modern appeal. The less mercurial <strong>Raphael </strong>is more admired than loved

Leonardo and Michelangelo were driven and difficult, which is central to their modern appeal. The less mercurial Raphael is more admired than loved
 
 

The history of <strong>modern cool </strong>is one of strange convergences &mdash; among French intellectuals, black musicians, and white Hollywood heroes

The history of modern cool is one of strange convergences — among French intellectuals, black musicians, and white Hollywood heroes
 
 

In 1967, <strong>Timothy Leary told Allen Ginsberg </strong>to drop out. "What can I drop out of?" Ginsberg asked. "Your teaching at Cal," Leary said. Ginsberg chuckled. "But I need the money"

In 1967, Timothy Leary told Allen Ginsberg to drop out. "What can I drop out of?" Ginsberg asked. "Your teaching at Cal," Leary said. Ginsberg chuckled. "But I need the money"
 
 

A new history of the right is <strong>red meat for the left</strong>. Critics have tried to dismantle the book, footnote by footnote. Has anyone actually read it?

A new history of the right is red meat for the left. Critics have tried to dismantle the book, footnote by footnote. Has anyone actually read it?
 
 

The only thing worse than newspaper humor is newspaper humor written in dialect. So why does the rube-journalist shtick of <strong>Ring Lardner </strong>hold up?

The only thing worse than newspaper humor is newspaper humor written in dialect. So why does the rube-journalist shtick of Ring Lardner hold up?
 
 

The Cold War lasted until 1991, but Cold War philosophy is still with us. Consider the strange and enduring career of <strong>rational choice theory</strong>

The Cold War lasted until 1991, but Cold War philosophy is still with us. Consider the strange and enduring career of rational choice theory
 
 

Gene editing threatens to homogenize society, says <strong>Atul Gawande</strong>. Aberrant yet valuable characteristics are under threat. Think of George Church's narcolepsy

Gene editing threatens to homogenize society, says Atul Gawande. Aberrant yet valuable characteristics are under threat. Think of George Church's narcolepsy
 
 

Fiery or meek, bombastic or shy, licentious or pious, revolutionary or reactionary, cunning or na&iuml;ve: <strong>Martin Luther </strong>cut a contradictory swath across history

Fiery or meek, bombastic or shy, licentious or pious, revolutionary or reactionary, cunning or naïve: Martin Luther cut a contradictory swath across history
 
 

<strong>Biology and its discontents</strong>. Techno-optimists come in all stripes &mdash; scientists, seekers, grifters, con artists. They share a zeal for augmenting their bodies

Biology and its discontents. Techno-optimists come in all stripes — scientists, seekers, grifters, con artists. They share a zeal for augmenting their bodies
 
 

Rather than &ldquo;Which side are you on?,&rdquo; <strong>Samuel Huntington </strong>wrote, the question in the post-Cold War world would be &ldquo;Who are you?&rdquo; What a prescient insight

Rather than “Which side are you on?,” Samuel Huntington wrote, the question in the post-Cold War world would be “Who are you?” What a prescient insight
 
 
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