The New York Review of Books considers claims that Americans do not read enough foreign fiction and examines the cost of this alleged, “culturally catastrophic American isolationism.”
Sarah Jessica Parker's Manolo Blahniks are out and Grandma Walton's sensible apron is in in The Economist's depiction of the world in the aftermath of the age of easy credit.
When you celebrate yourself online, are you part of a brave new social future, or are you just being an ass? Evan Ratliff, in Wired, says it's the former, if you strike a balance.
Science journal Nature defends the World Health Organization's handling of the H1N1 pandemic, amid a European council's claims of unjustified fears and wasted spending.
“The greatness of Australia was on display...when a migrant woman became the nation's 27th prime minister”, The Australian newspaper writes of new leader Julia Gillard.
High school media literacy courses could build on civics lessons to nurture critical thinking and help bridge the digital divide, says The Atlantic; it's increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction.
A federal judge has dismissed Viacom's suit against Google's You Tube for copyright violations. What does the verdict mean for the future of internet file sharing? Wired analyzes the court's decision.
Neuroscientists believe they have located the part of the brain that allows some blind people to process visual information to sense the presence of objects without seeing them.
Robert Pinsky says that only Marcus Aurelius can compete with Abraham Lincoln for the distinction of world class writer and politician. Pinsky looks at Lincoln's poem, "My Childhood-Home I See Again."
Former Islamabad CIA station chief Rob Grenier calls the row over General McCrystal's remarks a "foolish spectacle" and sees in it evidence of the impossible situation in Afghanistan.
"Who would have thought that the sound of God would be so whiny?" quips The Independent. Physicists at the LHC say "the God particle" sounds like "a bunch of coins spinning in a wine glass."
From solar and hydrogen powered concept planes to better designed, more fuel-efficient standard aircrafts, the airline industry is slowly turning greener, says The Christian Science Monitor.
Garrison Keillor on the myth of merit: "I was brought up imagining that cream rises to the top, merit wins out, the race is to the swift and riches to men of understanding, but it ain't necessarily so."
Buyer beware: cigarette companies, no longer allowed to use words like "light" or "mild" to advertise, are turning to the psychology of colors to "reframe" the hazards of smoking.
Manute Bol's dream of building schools in his war-torn home of Sudan lives on through his charity, Sudan Sunrise. His untimely death brings to life the magnanimity of an NBA curiosity.