Jan. 1, 2011 | When I cleared out my Moscow apartment, they found wiring in the walls, says Mikhail Gorbachev. "They were spying on me all along"... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Adam and Eve never existed, or so some evangelical intellectuals now believe. But if there was no original sin, what need is there for a savior?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Wikipedia is "intellectual mob rule," says Jaron Lanier, who is that rare beast: a techno-guru who dislikes what technology has become... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Strange bedfellows. The gun-rights movement aligned black radicals with the National Rifle Association against a common foe: Ronald Reagan... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was horrific, but it didn''t force Japan''s surrender. So why did the war end?'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'In 1725, a feral boy stumbled out of the woods and posed a challenge to Europe''s secular intelligentsia: What separates man from animals?'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | By the end of the 19th century, torture was "as extinct as cannibalism." Then it came back. What happened? Guerrilla warfare... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | On August 21, 1911, a man in a smock walked out of the Louvre with the Mona Lisa. Some suspected Picasso; others blamed the Jews... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Cold War Disneyland. Once a blemish, the Berlin Wall is now home to kitschy, costumed reenactments, pickle-eating contests, and Darth Vader... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Getting old takes getting used to - loss of appetite, constant urinating - but Jerry Lewis is adjusting. "I keep my fly open all day"... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'St. Augustine''s eccentricities were said to be the result of "a mind steeped too long in too few books." Of whom can that be said today?'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | New words for the male member: "thundertube," "seedstick," the "Malcolm Gladwell." Who thinks up this stuff? Nicholson Baker... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Does Islam stifle innovation? Meet the entrepreneurs of Anatolia. However you explain their success, Islam has not impeded it... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | The emotional life of bees. The gentle curl of their mouths, the hesitant flicks of their antennae: Are bees sentient creatures?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Ecological nativism. Why the fuss over non-native species? Today''s suspicious-looking foreigner might be tomorrow''s local treasure'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Silver Spoons may be forgettable, but Ricky Schroder has made a lasting contribution to science: He can make you cry... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Fear reigns at Punjab University, where Islamists pistol-whipped free thinkers into submission. Well, almost. The philosophers are fighting back... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | The patent war. Nathan Myhrvold is a polymath with a knack for making money. Is his latest venture a shakedown of Silicon Valley?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The politics of yuck. Sewage on a hot day is simply gross. Disgust, however, is actually quite complex. In fact, it''s dangerous'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Aging and innovation. We spend billions to live longer, yet give little thought to how to live longer, better. Here comes the silver tsunami... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'In the basement of the Empire State Building, Dinesh D''Souza prepares an "A-team" of Christian intellectuals to thrive in a fallen world'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The Code War isn''t about brandishing stockpiles of cyber weapons. It''s about big ideas and a shadowy arms dealer named Mr. Fusion'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Lucian Freud, divisive, bleak portrait artist, old-school bohemian, wry conversationalist, is dead at 88... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Growing up Jong. The home decor was pornographic, and Erica''s boyfriends tended to be motorcycle-riding drug dealers. But Molly survived'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Catch-22 puzzled critics but delighted readers, including Heller''s fledgling agent: "I thought my navel would unscrew and my ass would fall off"'... more »

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