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Are innovators creative geniuses or mere tinkerers? Edison was unequivocal: “I’ve got no imagination. ... My so-called inventions ..read more
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Wittgenstein's house on a lake was built as a retreat from the world. But it turns out he was an oddly ostentatious recluse ..read more
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Ron Vara has a back story, a Harvard pedigree, and strong views on China. He's also a figment of the Trump adviser Peter Navarro's ..read more
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The story of how Silicon Valley reached the center of the American dream is about how tech's shortcomings became those of the nation ..read more
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Lenin invented totalitarianism and the ideas of a one-party state and a terrorist state. He also invented a style of thinking that endures ..read more
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Harold Bloom, “a singular breed of scholar-teacher-critic-prose-poet-pamphleteer,” has died. He was 89 ..read more
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Minae Mizumura, both imaginatively cosmopolitan and linguistically rooted, exemplifies the change in what it means to be an immigrant ..read more
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"The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the overexamined life is not always worth reading." Thus a new memoir from Thomas ..read more
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Auberon Waugh and the art of writing about wine. Tasting notes include stale cardboard, French train stations, old penknives, and a dead ..read more
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The competing visions for modernism included “Make it new,” of course, but also: “Art is dead,” “Realism = Abstraction,” and ..read more

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