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The Magician

The world’s best pool player sees shots no one else can.

Mar 2005

Pitchers’ Duel

Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, and Hall of Fame standards in the steroid era.

Jul 2009

Why We Keep Talking About the Holocaust

An interview with Nathan Englander, author of the short-story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.

Feb 2012

How One Man Turned Himself Into a Publicly Owned Company

Mike Merrill puts the “I” in IPO.

Mar 2013

Schoolyard on Fire

Coming of age during the L.A. riots.

Apr 2012

Sax at Dawn

The dazzling lost songs of jazz pioneer Coleman Hawkins.

Aug 2012

Why the First “Star Wars” Is Still the Best “Star Wars”

Fan favorite Empire Strikes Back may thrill, but A New Hope beats it because for the way it transports viewers to another world.

Sep 2011

A Promising Land

Small towns in the South are looking for a few good Jewish families.

Jul 2010

Voting for Unemployment

Why union workers sometimes choose to lose their jobs rather than accept cuts in wages.

May 1983

The Quick and the Dead

How barcodes and touch screens are resuscitating a casket factory.

Dec 2010

For ‘Hugo’ Author Brian Selznick, Life (Thankfully) Imitates Art

The author, whose children’s book was turned into a Martin Scorsese-directed, Academy Award-nominated film, is starting to resemble some of his own characters.

Feb 2012

Popular Girls

Oct 2001

Replacement Therapy

Why our gadgets can’t wear out fast enough.

Sep 2011

Daytrotter: Where Good Music Gets Saved

In the age of the iPod, it’s harder and harder to get exposed to new, interesting music. Daytrotter is here to remedy that.

Aug 2010

Marilynne Robinson on Democracy, Reading, and Religion in America

An interview with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author about her recent collection of essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books.

May 2012

Ray Bradbury Believed That Stories Could Change Lives

The author, who died this week at 91, wrote novels and short stories that highlighted the transformative power of a good narrative.

Jun 2012

The Last Laugh

A comic genius who died young is finally getting his due.

May 2008

Killing Her Softly

A measured, sympathetic—and ultimately damning—portrait of the 20th century’s most wickedly funny novelist.

Sep 2010

Man Without a Country

V. S. Naipaul and the artistic rewards of statelessness.

Sep 2011

Touched by Evil

The real spiritual drama in Flannery O’Connor’s fiction was even darker than the one she acknowledged.

Jun 2009

Listening to Lydon

A fluent and erudite public-radio host with an immense topical range shows how a call-in program can be a higher calling.

Oct 1999

The Sneaky, Subversive, Anti-Internet Moral of Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ Video

The band’s Google-helmed interactive project critiques technology’s seductive pull by telling viewers to “break free” from their devices—even as it asks them to plug in.

Sep 2013

Maurice Sendak Scared Children Because He Loved Them

The author, who died this week at 83, believed kids are able to handle dark, complicated stories.

May 2012

Flavor Flav vs. KFC

A dispatch from Flav’s Fried Chicken.

Jan 2011