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Loneliness does not come from being alone, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important, said Carl Jung.

I began to write because I was too shy to talk, and too lonely not to send messages, said Heather McHugh.

The interesting thing is why we're so desperate for this anesthetic against loneliness, said David Foster Wallace.

We're all in this alone, said Lily Tomlin.


"In my studio, I always had bathing caps, hot water bottles, galoshes and enema bags – anything that I could fill up." >> more

"Fate is a female system of self-deception." >> more

Why does it matter that a pessimist deliver her message with brio? >> more

"When you write my epitaph, you must say I was the loneliest person who ever lived” >> more

Ode to a tampon >> more

"A doctor told him to either quit smoking or quit running into tornadoes, because his lungs could not survive both." >> more

Paralipsis vs. occultatio >> more

Where on the spectrum of loyalty and betrayal does song begin? >> more

"Okay, so you know as a writer that we don't believe in ourselves very consistently." >> more

"His were the eyes of a man who has gazed into the abyss, and the abyss gazed back, and then he endorsed the abyss." >> more

"I have answered fuck, now I will do cunt. Then they will leave me in peace.” >> more

Writing at the frontier, at "the border which separates our knowledge from our ignorance and transforms the one into the other." >> more

"I’m suspicious of things that make sense. False security. Whereas contradiction does make sense to me." >> more

"Oh my god, I didn’t see you./You must be in a hurry, you offer./No, no, no, I really didn’t see you." >> more

I went to a crystal healer >> more

She wrote "about that which is more than one, and more than two, but less than infinity. This finitude is important” >> more

"One just shows how phony the other is." >> more

Meteorite identification >> more

How to make bismuth crystals >> more

" If it ain’t on a loop, it ain’t art." >> more

Is making artwork self-indulgent? >> more

"Because living": My New York Times interview with Willow and Jaden Smith >> more

UC Berkeley pulling plug on anarchist Emma Goldman's archive >> more

"it was only/so many minutes a whole life/is that a lot or a little" >> more

"The first few lines keep giving birth to more and more lines. Like most poets, I don’t know where I’m going." >> more

"I would say that happiness can be momentary but that it also happens frequently" >> more

Kairos vs. chronos >> more

Mikhael Bakunin is wanted by the Brazilian police >> more

Harper Lee ate Burger King while watching an advance screening of Capote >> more

"Taffeta" and "bolshevism": Words with biggest gender recognition gap >> more

"Long enough to notice the mango" >> more

No poison in Neruda's exhumed remains >> more

Crash optimization for self-driving robot cars >> more

"Millions of small fish that swam into the marina en masse, used up all the available oxygen, suffocated and died" >> more

Chinese-South Africans reclassified as "black" >> more

Here's a first world problem: "The inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on pleasure as you are." >> more

The single copy of Wu-Tang Clan's new album: "This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king" >> more

Last king of Rwanda lives in low-income housing in Virginia >> more

What's the payoff, cash value of poetry? "Only accumulated protestations of the human heart. Only that." >> more

"To love the sunset is not, as they say, one of the attributes of exile." >> more

Jackson Pollock's 1943 application to work at the Museum of Non-Objective Painting >> more

"Adolescence is modern life's black hole, a gravitational field so intense nothing can escape it." >> more

Widening gap between productivity and median income >> more

The first filmed kiss >> more

Why must a man with sufficient to live on go off in search of peppercorn? >> more

There is still a bus service from Damascus to Beirut >> more

On pervasive, default low-grade ambient humor: "What is absurd isn’t falsifiable; puns register no truth value." >> more

"It would be quite nice if there was slightly less outrage about the same things all the time." >> more

"I came here in peace, seeking gold and slaves” >> more

Žižek cut-and-paste: "Every joke cited, paraphrased, or narrated in [his] work in English" >> more

"Do what you love" as an ideological tool of capitalism: "Why should our pleasure be for profit?" >> more

I expected this list to be a lot longer: gender identities >> more

"Nobody will find my bones," he promised, and nobody did >> more

In a mass knife fight among every U.S. president, who would win? Probably not Jimmy Carter >> more

S.S. Van Dine's twenty rules for writing detective stories: "There must be no love interest" >> more

Omnivorousness as highbrow taste >> more

Guide to Ottoman hats >> more

Heroin baggie stamps >> more

"Pregnant Sims can no longer brawl" >> more

How to swear in Quebec French >> more

"Something wearying, predictable and banal about knowing things" >> more

Pornography as an aesthetic offense, not a moral one >> more

Surfers say "I drowned" instead of "I almost drowned": "Drowning, after all, feels like almost drowning until it feels like nothing." >> more

Dwight Howard meets Dominique Dawes >> more

100 words for snow, including penstla, the idea of snow >> more

“Getting rid of the fishy smell of fox meat is one of the hardest tasks in the world!” >> more

Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum collection, sorted by color >> more

"The possibilities that open up when we behave as if there are no things that are always true and that philosophy is dead." >> more

Zadie Smith on corpses: "A persistent problem for artists: How can I insist upon the reality of death?" >> more

Challenges on reality show for writers include diary entry from perspective of someone who has gone blind >> more

"Forgeries must be served hot" >> more

"There should be no ecstatic moments of recognition" >> more

Not ten people whose deaths would spoil my dinner, but "one or two whose deaths would break my heart" >> more

Another dead and empty planet >> more

"I’m much more into dead plants and seed pods” >> more

"The sun has not exploded but is dying / five million years left / write that down" >> more

Visiting Star Axis: "That tells me the world is not getting easier to decipher" >> more

An inauspicious beginning >> more

At the book destruction plant >> more

"You owe it to the art to examine the nuances of your discomfort" >> more

Vicarious emotions: "sensitivity to something other than palpable needs" >> more

"Each man had one person to shoot, and so everything should have been alright." >> more

"Just be sad. Just let the sadness, stand in the way of it, and let it hit you like a truck." >> more

"The enormous condescension of posterity” >> more

Filling a vessel drop by drop: "at last a drop which makes the heart run over” >> more

"You’ve just told me some high spots in your memories. Want to hear mine? They’re all connected with the sea." >> more

Ray Bradbury interview rejected by Paris Review for being "a bit informal in places, maybe overly enthusiastic" >> more

No Volvo owner will ever face the challenge of an unwanted compliment >> more

Ununpentium, the newest element >> more

The complete FBI files on Charles Bukowski >> more

YouTube fails to deliver one single actual cow-tipping video >> more

On weekends I like to: talk all night about the people we’ve wronged and how we hate them for it >> more

List of artists who committed suicide >> more

A "poor speaker, with a lisp and a pronounced provincial accent," Karl Marx's first job was as a political reporter >> more

"I forget he’s there until one of the camera operators says, ‘I think Kanye West fell asleep.’" >> more

“Designers, stylists, models: we’re all such professionals,” she observed wryly >> more

Allen Iverson has a deferred trust worth more than $30 million that he can't touch until he turns 55 >> more

Busyness as "a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness" >> more

On the quest for novelty: "not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to see the universe through the eyes of another" >> more

Didion called Franny and Zooey self-help copy: "what makes it spurious is Salinger’s tendency to flatter the essential triviality within each of his readers, his predilection for giving instructions for living." >> more

"My other source of daily pleasure is—but I wish I had a better way of putting it—other people’s faces." >> more

"If anyone else had asked her if she was “fucking retarded” at a Jeremy Scott party, she’d still be in a shame spiral. But from Lohan, it just felt, she said, amazing." >> more

The best fashion model in the world >> more

"The storm spirit is abroad on the night": Collection of English ballads about disasters >> more

Reviews of BIC For Her ballpoint pens >> more

Cypress Hill played through a squid's fin >> more

Sexual selection not just for genetic fitness but from a preference for the “merely beautiful” >> more

A bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod on a frog on a bump on a log in a hole at the bottom of the sea >> more

Legal battles over art as an extension of the artistic process >> more

Wrong choice "death pages" from Choose Your Own Adventure books >> more

Difference between a geek and a hipster: whether you "delight in sharing a thing" >> more

Robert Rauschenberg's "Canyon" >> more

Lanai sold to CEO of Oracle >> more

"Coolness: An Empirical Investigation" >> more

"Nothing interferes with my own writing except my irresolute character and the limitations of my talent." >> more

"You sort of know the clothes that defined who you were and still define who you are. And then the other things were you pretending to be someone else." >> more

Map of wind patterns >> more

Suburbs of Shanghai, built to look like European locales >> more

Resemblance of flower petals to slices of steak: Japanese word for peony can also mean wild boar meat >> more

The greek foot, piede greco >> more

A billion stars in one image, for the first time >> more

Those of us who are "repositories of revolutionary artifacts, passed down from our parents and grandparents, or, if we’re old enough, from our own past selves." >> more

The artistic principle that guides him is awesomeness, he says. >> more

"Look to the west after sunset Sunday night and, unless clouds impede the view, you’ll see three worlds." >> more

Baudelaire prayed to the spirit of Edgar Allen Poe >> more

For $90, nonviolent prisoners in Santa Ana, CA can get an upgrade to a clean, quiet cell >> more

Zora Neale Hurston's back-up plan was a really good chicken soup >> more

Irony: “that deep-down need to mean two things at once, to be in two places at once, not to be there for the catastrophe of a fixed meaning.” >> more

Petronius, likely author of the Satyricon, was Emperor Nero's official "arbiter of elegance" >> more

"It's gotta be a topless bar!" he cried. "This is the greatest fucking headline of my career!" >> more

Pirate ransoms are tax-deductible >> more

JSTOR, the repository of scholarly papers, turns away 150 million attempts at access every year >> more

Ayn Rand briefly had a column for the Los Angeles Times >> more

Sketchbook of Susan Kare, who designed the symbol on the command key >> more

“Being a tomboy helps a bit. Most of the great style icons are tomboys, or they don’t admire themselves physically.” >> more

Live webcam at the South Pole >> more

Boswellia trees, which produce frankincense, could disappear within 50 years >> more

Jacarandas, “those lavender flowers, like cotton candy clouds,” were Nabokov’s favorite thing about Los Angeles >> more

A whole chicken in a can >> more

Gift guide for me: everything on this Vaclav Havel reading list >> more

R. Kelly has written 32 more chapters of "Trapped in the Closet" >> more

"The redeeming thing about beauty is the emptiness of it . . . it doesn’t carry any other meaning, which makes it sort of like death, except not funny." >> more

"Operation Last Chance II" >> more

The sensation of "words coalescing into sentences I liked" >> more

"You can't sense what they tasted in the air as they were doing it: freedom, fury, the power – for once – of being young and strong and agile and a homegirl, the flat-out joy of getting your hands on some free stuff." >> more

Why burn doctors hate cup ramen >> more

Humor is the brain's reward for discovering mistaken assumptions >> more

They say/ that Napoleon/ was colourblind/ & blood for him/ as green as/ grass >> more

Scientific American launches blog devoted to octopuses >> more

"Judging something interesting is often a first step in actually making it so." >> more

CA Supreme Court to decide if Stephen Glass is fit to practice law >> more

Music as torture: FBI considers Barry Manilow "excessive force" >> more

Ninth severed foot found in British Columbia >> more

Three-quarters of the honey sold in grocery stores isn't technically honey >> more

"He is pretty funny. He will be even funnier when he gets older and sadder." >> more

"There are always a few days during a Los Angeles winter,
when the sky seems to open up, and all the water falls out." >> more

Yo, Is This Racist? >> more

Mao liked hoops >> more

Iris Apfel to design a line for Home Shopping Network >> more

Acne vaccine in development >> more

Major sperm bank stops accepting donations from redheads >> more

All 60 women in the LeTigre song "Hot Topic" >> more

Map of waterflow toponyms >> more

“You can live more privately here than anywhere else and yet still be in a city,” David Hockney said of L.A. “In a way I moved here for the isolation.” >> more

The poet's dream: to be "so important and renowned that she literally is not contractually obligated to deal with poets or poetry whatsoever" >> more

Barbeque cookbook by Black Panther founder Bobby Seale >> more

Backlash against minimalism >> more

Zomia: "the largest remaining region of the world whose peoples have not yet been fully incorporated into nation-states" >> more

The Corpus of Contemporary American English >> more

$5,000,000 worth of illegally downloaded files >> more

"For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you." >> more

Helmut Lang turns 6,000-piece clothing archive into "stalactite" sculptures >> more

Before he ran Kandahar, Ahmed Wali Karzai ran "slightly exotic" restaurant in Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago >> more

Are assholes worse than douchebags? >> more

Qatar is the world's top contemporary art collector >> more

Oxford University internal style guide recommends against the Oxford comma >> more

Moving a Richard Serra sculpture >> more

A transgendered person is murdered in a hate crime every month >> more

Fran Lebowitz: "I have a real pimp’s taste in cars." >> more

"People from between somewhere and nowhere" >> more

"Opposite of a parade" >> more

Awesome people hanging out together >> more

DIY cotton candy machine >> more

Personal effects of the Unabomber at auction >> more

Mutatoes: Photographs of ugly/awesome fruits >> more

Custom portraits of your favorite rock >> more

The nine artifical dyes approved for food >> more

Where We Are There Is No Here >> more

"Montaigne, per Montaigne, was lazy, mediocre, and “full of inanity and foppery”; he had a lousy memory and a small penis." >> more

A "quiet act of valor" from Stephon Marbury >> more

". . . the stubborn failure of objects to provide the benefits demanded of them" >> more

Carine Roitfeld: "It's often the case that what a woman reads makes her more attractive than what she wears." >> more

Woody Allen's favorite typeface, Windsor EF Elongated >> more

Ai Weiwei: "I don't think I'm brave . . . but I really want to be myself, to state my mind clearly." >> more

A "series of tragic events that nearly rewrote a nation’s history, based on a lie." >> more

"In Newton's universe, equations can run in either direction – forward or back. But there is one equation that runs only one way: heat turns to cold." >> more

"I think that the habit of reading is intensely pleasurable and it's also hard." >> more

"Octopuses are a separate experiment in the evolution of the mind" >> more

Octopuses, octopi, octopodes? >> more

Irma's World >> more

Where do potholes come from? >> more

About time: A brief history of time zones >> more

It's All About the Lighting (2011) >> more

Le Corbusier-designed city in India, Chandigarh >> more

Vacation tour to Iraq >> more

Vagueness in speech >> more

Clouds: "an improbably resilient adversary" >> more

"Its viscera came out with an easy tug; a small palmful of livery" >> more

"Zapped by the god of Absurdity" >> more

Rule-breaking as a measure of humanity >> more

Hipstamatic photo wins photojournalism award >> more

Kim Jong-il looking at things >> more

How to make a macrame plant hanger >> more

"I had this feeling like I had forgotten to be young" >> more

Andrea Zuckerman is 50 years old >> more

"Blood Wars" tournament: White blood cells from two people, battling in a petri dish >> more

Outsourcing to high-security prisons >> more

Suprematism, constructivism, and "a thrilling element of Soviet over-reaching" >> more

J.L. Austin's "A Plea for Excuses" >> more

LACMA's digitized exhibition catalogues >> more

Literary outlaws >> more

The unintentional: "a habit that has slipped, as if it no longer matters enough to remember" >> more

The "bouquet of printer’s ink: ash, black pepper, cordite, with a hint of brimstone" >> more

"Sometimes impulsiveness and self-indulgence were no more than that, but every once in a while they were something you might call genius. I worried about genius." >> more

Leonard Cohen calls for moratorium on covers of "Hallelujah" >> more

Maurice Merleau-Ponty was discovered dead with his face in a book by Descartes >> more

Darkest possible sky >> more

Child geniuses in literature >> more

My interview with Rafaël Rozendaal for XLR8R magazine >> more

"I want to tell you what your thing is." >> more

Condoleeza Rice: "You don't get married in the abstract" >> more

Britain's last maker of glass eyeballs >> more

The pork is in the mail >> more

Amish romance novels >> more

The going price for street pecans >> more

New jalapeno developed specifically to hold more cheese >> more

Tunisia has three presidents in 24 hours >> more

The single issue of Wonder Magazine >> more

Basketball court design >> more

Peer-reviewed journal article claims to show existence of ESP >> more

Allen Iverson tries his first Philly cheesesteak at T.G.I. Friday's in Istanbul >> more

Tupac's 1996 prom date >> more

Rei Kawakubo on selling Comme des Garcons: “I don’t think there's anyone who would want to buy it." >> more

Explanation of different types of cream, from whipping to clotted >> more

Photographs of people jogging with Madonna >> more

Only two families remain at Cabrini-Green >> more

The complete musical works of Marcel Duchamp >> more

"Everything I do is to protect my hands" >> more

The "terrorism of politesse" >> more

The Rejected Project >> more

Tweet this: "Charge, angry youth" >> more

Design objects are taxed at a higher rate than art objects in Europe >> more

A "private little graduation speech" from J.D. Salinger >> more

Who owns Antarctica? >> more

Can you draw the internet? >> more

Truths for Mature Humans: "Bad decisions make good stories" and "I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired" >> more

Porpoises rescue Dick Van Dyke >> more

"I sometimes think I write books in lieu of letters and that real letters have more kindness in them, addressed as they are to one friend.” >> more

Spreading Santorum >> more

"Sorry I haven't posted": Aggregation of blog posts that include that line >> more

Walk the solar system >> more

I could care less >> more

Bangable dudes in history >> more

Does our economy depend on delusion?: "Modern consumption is open-ended, a longing for something unknown and thus potentially transformative." >> more

Future of dance >> more

Hells Angels file trademark challenge against Alexander McQueen >> more

Jeffrey Deitch house tour >> more

Why you should write poetry >> more

Aiding and abetting your wanderlust >> more

Sixth taste? Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umami, and kokumi, the creaminess in dairy >> more

Be still my heart. A reality TV show about shopping for "Oddities" >> more

Sony has ceased production of the Walkman >> more

Black Panther coloring book >> more

"There should be a word that means “the fatal underestimation of another’s honesty."">> more

Philosophy of jokes: ". . . the more interesting a subject is, the more boring the accompanying philosophy." >> more

Narwhal tusk at auction >> more

Hunter S. Thompson's cover letter: "I'd rather offend you now than after I started working for you" >> more

Satanic images: The 666th picture taken on people's digital cameras >> more

Censored Chinese internet plug-in >> more

Books from David Markson's personal library available at The Strand >> more

Bread subscription >> more

Bats have developed regional accents >> more

"The pigskin ceiling tiles are peeling off. The Mies van der Rohe chairs need reupholstering." >> more

Foraging for thimbleberries and gooseberries >> more

Rodney King engaged to "juror number 5" from his trial against the city of Los Angeles >> more

Combat meals >> more

The "exaggerated passion of adolescence": breaking into pools, drinking beer, driving beat-up old cars at night while reading aloud from a quiz in a women's magazine >> more

Degrees of beef marbling >> more

Crimes punishable by death in China include smuggling gold and passing forged checks >> more

Guerrilla bike lane >> more

Types of bitches >> more

Photographs of slime molds >> more

The phenomenology of ugly >> more

Envy, or, dating Jonathan Franzen: ". . . what did his success prove if not that when the gift is prodigious enough, the world does need us?" >> more

Nine-day traffic jam >> more

Neuroscientist who studies the brains of psychopaths discovers he has the brain of a psycopath and is related to Lizzy Borden >> more

Chemical reason secondhand bookstores smell like "good quality vanilla absolute" >> more

"Freedom to do whatever we want and the freedom to not matter" >> more

Company hides opt-out clause in online legal disclaimer giving them ownership of your immortal soul >> more

Former food critic lives off $200 a month in food stamps >> more

Films that most frequently use the word "fuck" >> more

U.S. government's list of street terms for "pot" >> more

Plans for a gay bar next door to the mosque near Ground Zero >> more

Spelling bee for cheaters >> more

Mongolian neo-Nazi group Tsagaan Khass ("White Swastika") >> more

Salvador Dali had a pet anteater >> more

Triceratops may have never existed >> more

U.S. states in which it is illegal to collect rainwater >> more

"People tell me, 'Your website makes me feel okay with collecting weird things, being messy, having weird shoes'" >> more

Items seized at New York's JFK airport >> more

Leaning Tower of Pisa has stopped leaning >> more

Origin of currency symbols >> more

Emailing while sleeping >> more

"Undiscovered public knowledge emboldens us to question claims to originality: Is a creative offering truly novel, or have we just forgotten a worthy precursor?" >> more

Russian speakers are better able to visually distinguish shades of blue than English speakers >> more

Portion sizes in depictions of the Last Supper have doubled since Medieval period >> more

On the menu at the Last Supper: grilled eel and orange slices >> more

Indigo dying DIY >> more

Laver's law: the lifecycle of fashion >> more

Olivier Theysken's corner deli shopping list >> more

Jeffrey Eugenides: "Bellow was good at writing about himself, but not me. I don’t know who I am." >> more

South pole of Jupiter >> more

Chicken came before the egg >> more

Live in a museum for a month >> more

Appeals court rejects FCC policy on "fleeting expletives" >> more

“I don’t even like to look at albums of my kids when they were little. This is today. Once it’s over, it’s over.” >> more

Iran bans the mullet >> more

Michael Jackson's patent for anti-gravity shoes >> more

It's true what he said: I often like the idea of a thing more than the thing itself >> more

Intellectual property among chefs >> more

Islands for sale >> more
Woodlands for sale >> more

eBay price guide for first issues of magazines >> more

Locked, writers-only private room in the New York Public Library >> more

Craving sassafras twig syrup: "Think root beer with a lot of lemon in it." >> more

"'Art is a way of showing the outside world what your inside world is like.' So is vomiting." >> more

Map of public art in Los Angeles >> more

What happened to King Tut's penis? >> more

Raids on illegal pinatas >> more

Landlocked countries >> more

Female, non-white Marvel superheroes >> more

There are more Ethiopian doctors practicing in Chicago than in all of Ethiopia >> more

We experience greater pain when we believe it to be intentionally inflicted, rather than by accident >> more

"Sometimes, we simply like pain; it confirms our sense of how the world is. . . . the quality of being profoundly true to life." >> more

Headless rooster lives for 18 months after non-lethal decapitation >> more

Contest: Turn your dissertation into an interpretive dance >> more

"When I can’t sleep, I think about what I’m missing. . . . I wonder what I would be dreaming about, if only I could fall asleep." >> more

Reuters working with Adobe on Photoshop component that would record changes made to photographs >> more

Video of world record-setting free dive >> more

Make something cool everyday >> more

Street vendors without a license in New York City can legally sell books and art >> more

Why Los Angeles is no place for a poet >> more

Displaying sun-faded paintings in a state of "simulated newness" >> more

As evidenced by my "About" section, I'm a big fan of subject postponement >> more

Frank Gehry: LEED certification has become fetishized, like "if you wear an American flag on your lapel." >> more

Supreme Court closes front door: "We are becoming a nation of moles, timorous creatures who scurry through side and subterranean entrances." >> more

Top 40 magazine covers of the last 40 years >> more

Kathleen Hanna bequeaths her papers to NYU, for the university library's Riot Grrrrl Collection >> more

The business of poverty >> more

Monkeys writing Shakespeare: "The appeal . . . has never had anything to do with monkeys, but rather with the notion of greatness through infinity." >> more

Fourteen-year-old Malcolm Gladwell running in a 1,500 meter race >> more

Portraits of rural Africans: one in typical poverty pose and one dressed “wochena” (“dressed to kill”) >> more

"Would you pay $109 for a notebook? >> more

Squid ink buns, taro rolls and sea salt lattes >> more

Reverse engineering McDonald's french fries >> more

The four signs of the apocalypse: "formulae for the creation of art; a narcissistic, self-reinforcing cult; the return of sentiment; and the alibi of cynicism" >> more

Shaquille O'Neal curates art exhibit about size >> more

Should affirmative action consider class instead of race? >> more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service auctions items seized from illegal animal trade >> more >> more

"Introverts are people who find other people tiring" >> more

Philosophy classes on YouTube >> more

Caviar vending machine in Moscow >> more

Free mini-album of collected sounds by Jarvis Cocker >> more

Black American babies cost $8,000 less to adopt than Hispanic or white babies; girls cost $2,000 more than boys >> more

Heinz ketchup changing its recipe for first time in 60 years >> more

Stealing tiny fragments from priceless works of art >> more

Should artists have a right to a share of the profits from resale of their work? >> more

"Daria: The Complete Animated Series" released on DVD >> more

Fashion Law Institute, finally >> more

Subway applies to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for exclusive use of the term "footlong" >> more

Last Jew in Afghanistan >> more
Last of the Asian Godfathers >> more

Woolly mammoths had antifreeze blood >> more

NASA logo known in-house as "the meatball" >> more

Hirshhorn Museum director asks staff to help make the lobby/gift shop look busy during donor visit >> more

Only 20 percent of the salt on a potato chip dissolves on the tongue; the rest is ingested with no contribution to taste >> more

On the duty to be happy: "How did we become unhappy about not being happy?" >> more

Blood type discrimination in Japan >> more

Peter Singer advocated eating oysters in Animal Liberation >> more

Lead a tour of something, somewhere: "Going Places, Doing Stuff" call for proposals >> more

How do you pronounce "Moleskine"? >> more

Somewhere in the world there is a sunset right now >> more

Sound of space dust colliding with Earth's ionosphere >> more

The words David Foster Wallace circled in his dictionary >> more

Why are there so few female critics? >> more

Well-deserved Pulitzer Prize >> more

Shyness as a preoccupation with the self: "At the very least, if you’re shy, you’re never bored" >> more

History of Prussian blue, the first synthetic color >> more

Cake vs. pie bracket >> more
Tournament of books >> more

Writers' day jobs >> more

Ai Weiwei spends eight hours a day on Twitter >> more

The courage of the present >> more

Soldiers in Afghanistan wash their clothes in cement mixers >> more

Off-menu fast food items >> more

Condolence gift bag for Oscar nominees who didn't win includes one-year supply of Altoids and African safari >> more

China's latest fashion icon: the "Handsome Vagabond" >> more

The pleasures of boredom >> more

Kit Kat flavors worldwide, including Salt-Watermelon and Chestnut >> more

"Real criticism is not about distinguishing good from bad; it is about distinguishing good from great. . . . The curse of our time, in the arts, is mediocrity and ordinariness . . ." >> more

Transcriptions of a sleeptalker >> more

Rejected New York Times slogans: "Always decent; never dull" >> more

Taxing the human body >> more

NBA projects losses of $400 million next year, says David Stern >> more

Job opening: Obama's twitterer >> more

Buy seeds and grow your own Nicotiana Tabacum >> more

Intersex people aren't allowed to serve in the U.S. military >> more

Five cent shopping bags and behavioral economics >> more

Is this work of art really "uncollectable"? Or just always on sale? >> more

Rebel artist's tragic ending >> more

After five years of deliberate spending, works by women now account for 17 percent of Centre Pompidou's collection >> more

Top corporate and special-interest donors to federal-level politics >> more

In the history of material culture, the Makapansgat pebble represents "the birth of want" >> more

What typeface are you? >> more

History of the ampersand >> more

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