Depending on who you ask, TED Talks are either a treasured vehicle for the exchange of ideas or a sad representation of our generation's inability to pay attention to things. Brooklyn writer Eric Thurm is trying to settle the question once and for all: He's getting eight experts drunk before putti ... More >>
Glance over the current menu at Fung Tu (22 Orchard Street, 212-219-8785) and it may be hard to wrap your mind around what you're about to eat. Dishes have a Chinese touchstone -- you'll spy fried rice and scallion pancake, duck with plum sauce and a whole steamed fish. But they also incorporate ing ... More >>
The Pentagon makes sure the public supports 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal
With lesbian sex not only accepted but boring, what's left to outrage?
After his first year, Obama shows his true face
Next week, the University of Chicago Press will publish a facsimile of Edward Lear's Nonsense Botany and Nonsense Alphabets, first published in 1889. Included among the illustrations of such unnatural flora as Enkoopia Chikabiddia and Smalltoothcombia Domestica is a brief section on "Nonsense Coo ... More >>
Apparently not even the prospect of starring in baseball's new umpire replay videos is enough to induce New Yorkers to shell out $300 for tickets to the new Yankee Stadium. After River Avenue Blues ran photos of entire empty sections during Friday's matinee, things got even worse yesterday, when ... More >>
"Few Friends Combined With Loneliness Hurts Health For Elderly," researchers at the University of Chicago find. "Heightened liking for sweetness has a biological basis and is related to children's high growth rate," says a University of Washington/Monell Center geneticist. "TV Show ER Goes Off the ... More >>
The dark menagerie of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
Chef Grant Achatz appeared on Oprah yesterday on a show focusing on medical mistakes. Achatz told how his tongue cancer went untreated and undiagnosed for three years despite his repeatedly asking dentists and doctors about a white spot on his tongue that wouldn't heal.He finally went to an oral sur ... More >>
One of the anti-Obama "tea parties," inspired by a rant by CNBC's Rick Santelli and encouraged by prominent rightwing bloggers, was held in City Hall Park today between 2 and 3 p.m. The event drew between 200 and 250 highly enthusiastic supporters. A series of speakers drawn from the crowd denounced ... More >>
Television tangles with modern art—Warhol wins
You may have wondered about the odd "Shadowland" mood piece in Sunday's New York Times about a "a film noir night in New York" in the dead of which the author imagines himself a detective haunting "the Upper West Side, the land of coffee shops and bookstores," and announces that "the city does not o ... More >>
The University of Chicago has been scanning the brains of "unusually aggressive youth." They find that the parts of these wild boys' brains (the amygdala and ventral striatum) that are stimulated by "rewards" -- as happens with normal people when they are hugged, praised, or have just ingested cocai ... More >>
The fine softcore tradition of the sexy co-ed lives on in today's New York Post, which drools over C-Spot, a Columbia student magazine full of racy stories and photos. Students pose "using props like preppy scarves and books to hide their naughty bits." There's a "graphic description" of some poor g ... More >>
Battling art's blind spot
Francis Ford Coppola romanticizes his source material in the not entirely terrible Youth Without Youth
A 73-year-old judge renews the law, to the anger of the commander in chief
Do bookstores have a future?
Deep in the Heart of Texts
Strong motion: tracking Richard Stern's seismic fictions and world-cramming ambition
Loser versus loser: Handicapping the coming Supreme Court vacancies
As Democrats wonder what their party stands for, here is a way to reach more Americans
What if professors could lecture 24-7? Blog culture invades academia.
Or, how Bush lost, and restored my faith in democracy
First-time director channels Colombian teen dope trafficker
Details of stadium financing as an 'investment' seep into public view
Two Essential Guides to American English Get a Makeoverand Word Geeks Rejoice
And a Process for Elites to Choose Elites
Muscular and Misunderstood
Fewer Fetuses, Fewer Felonies?
A Caste of Poor Single Mothers
Banishing the Higher Bogusness
The Moralists Big Fibs
UFO research teeters between science and insanity
Is New Drug a Workaholic's Dreamor Nightmare?