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Rewind

Blogger Mark Manson on embracing our negativity as a means of consciously choosing what we really care about.More

"Eat what makes you happy"

Are we ever good enough, or are we doomed to self-optimization for our entire lives?More

Woman at dusk

Journalist Ariel Levy recounts how quickly everything—your career, marriage, family plans—can come unraveled.More

House on the Rock Carousel

Author Neil Gaiman on the magic beyond the House on the Rock's walls.More

Society is Nix

Chris Ware bookmarks "Society Is Nix" by Peter Maresca.More

Elisabeth Moss in Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale"

The legendary speculative fiction writer on why young people identify with dark, murky futures.More

La Jolla Tide Pools

Editor and publisher Ann VanderMeer is the co-editor of the sprawling anthologies “The Big Book of Science Fiction” and “The New Weird...More

George Saunders

2017 Man Booker Prize Winner George Saunders talks about his creative process, his fledgling Buddhist practice, and the enduring fascination with Lincoln and the Civil War.More

bedroom

How Ethan Smith overcame OCD and a crippling fear of self harm.More

person checking their phone

Science writer Sharon Begley on how anxiety drives modern day compulsions.More

Hope Jahren

Nothing makes Hope Jahren happier than tinkering in her lab, studying fossilized plants. More

Fargo season 3

Showrunner Noah Hawley's approach for adapting the series captures the classic film's essence.More

Bible

Could a 1500-year-old Christian doctrine really have that much effect on lives and politics today?More

Reflection on beach

In a new book called "Born Bad," historian James Boyce argues that the concept of original sin is the foundation of Western thought. More

Original blessing

For theologist Danielle Shroyer, what happened in the Garden of Eden is a story of original blessing. More

Lone tree

Laird Hunt has written what is really three stories wrapped around each other: A famous lynching in Marion, the story of a song about it, “Strange Fruit,” and a new novel, which begins on that terrible day. More

Freeman Dyson

What he learned from Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr and Richard Feynman.More

folding microscope

Manu Prakash invented a paper microscope that’s now being used in research labs and classrooms around the world.More

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