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Brad Pitt, Orchids and the Oakland Athletics

Olga Crosse | Posted 07.04.2012 | Media
Olga Crosse

I settled down last recently with a giant bag of Doritos, a lovely glass of wine and the DVD Moneyball, a true story about Oakland baseball team's man...

How to Change the World: A Breakthrough Idea From the Front Lines

Max Klau | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Max Klau

In this era of urgent challenges and limited resources, we cannot afford well-intentioned but ineffective efforts to address pressing public problems like the high school drop-out crisis.

Humans And Chimpanzees: What's The Difference?

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 10.11.2011 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

Although our understanding of neuroscience has progressed light years since the first "Planet of the Apes" movie, there is a premise of this film at which I'd like to throw a monkey wrench.

A Bad Week for David Brooks

Mark Engler | Posted 07.30.2011 | Politics
Mark Engler

Full disclosure: I find New York Times columnist David Brooks exceedingly annoying, and I have no intention of reading his most recent book, The Socia...

PHOTOS: 15 Cool Book Covers That Didn't Make The Cut

nytimes.com | Posted 07.16.2011 | Home

For authors, choosing a book cover is the fraught moment their very private creation starts putting on its game face and getting ready to enter the ma...

Parting The Red Sea With My Dad And My Atheist Daughter

Mira Sucharov | Posted 06.09.2011 | Religion
Mira Sucharov

With Passover around the corner, my thoughts turn to how to make the story of the Exodus come alive for my kids. But it's not so simple. My almost-7-year-old daughter is an atheist.

Why We Hate Going to the Dennis

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

Researchers say that if your appellation is Dennis, you are more likely to become a dentist than a differently monikered individual. But I'm not so sure about this.

The Education of David Brooks

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

If he continues down the path charted in The Social Animal, we might get to see David Brooks join Diane Ravitch on the front lines of Wisconsin.

Brooks Pits 'Connection' vs. 'Adventure,' But Why Not Both?

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

The conservative writer/commentator David Brooks, in this New Yorker excerpt from his new book The Social Animal: A Story of Love, Character, and Achi...

Book Review Roundup: A History Of Information And Short Stories Galore

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"Give Me Your Heart" by Joyce Carol Oates Los Angeles Times Oates isn't writing horror fiction, but she might as well be. Her stories pack the s...

Book Review Roundup: Keith Richards And Bath Toys

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

"Tiger, Tiger" by By Margaux Fragoso New York Times It's testimony to Fragoso's narrative abilities that she can render both her own and Curran'...