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Cupid’s Conflicted Arrow: Henri-Frédéric Amiel on Love and Its Demons

“Do not amend by reasoning, but by example; approach feeling by feeling; do not hope to excite love except by love.” “Anxiety is love’s greatest killer,” Anaïs Nin admonished.“It creates the…
PUBLISHED: June 5, 2013
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2971 words)

“A First-Rate Girl”: The Problem of Female Beauty

I have a friend who dates only exceptionally attractive women. These women aren’t trophy-wife types—they are comparable to him in age, education level, and professional status. They are…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 2, 2013
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2664 words)

Oscar Wilde on Art

“The temperament to which Art appeals … is the temperament of receptivity.” Oscar Wilde may have been the twentieth century’s first and most tragic pop celebrity, and a masterful writer of love…
PUBLISHED: Aug. 27, 2013
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1784 words)

The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes

“Attention is an intentional, unapologetic discriminator. It asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that.” “How we spend our days,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timelessly…
PUBLISHED: Aug. 12, 2013
LENGTH: 30 minutes (7514 words)

The Texas Legislature's Sexist Little Secret

Thinkstock In January, I returned to my home state to cover the Texas Legislature. After a seven-year absence, I was eager to spend the next 140 days writing for this magazine about the…
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3712 words)

The Electric Typewriter

Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers. Mark Bowden Po Bronson Michael Chabon Tom Chiarella Jared Diamond Joan Didion


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Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, and Other Mavens on How and Why We Define Ourselves Through Stuff

“The modern version of introspection is the sum total of all those highly individualized choices that we make about the material content of our lives.” The art of the interview may be nearly…
PUBLISHED: May 1, 2013
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4646 words)

“We Gained Hope.” The Story of Lilly Grossman’s Genome

One – The Twitch It started with a slight twitch. Steve and Gay Grossman both noticed it in their daughter Lilly in 1998, when she was just one-and-a-half years old. By the time she was four,…
PUBLISHED: March 11, 2013
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3130 words)