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Home Economics: The Link Between Work-Life Balance and Income Equality

My wife leans in. A year ago, after nine hours of labor, she received an epidural and immediately asked me to pass the iPad so she could send a note to work. I suggested that this time should be for…
PUBLISHED: June 19, 2013
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3638 words)

The Week’s Best Longreads for April 6, 2013

Big Veg Mark Bittman, The New York Times Magazine Yes, healthy fast food is possible. But is it edible?
PUBLISHED: April 6, 2013

The Social Ties That Unbind

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of commissioned essays for The World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium on Saturday, March 9, 2013.When I sent my first email in the…
AUTHOR:An Xiao
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2623 words)

Transcript of Nate Silver’s ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Reddit

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight took questions Tuesday on the popular social news site Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” section. What follows is an edited transcript, with the questions and answers sorted…
PUBLISHED: Jan. 8, 2013
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3620 words)

Computer Crime, Then and Now

I've already documented my brief, youthful dalliance with the illegal side of computing as it existed in the late 1980s. But was it crime? Was I truly a criminal? I don't think so. To be perfectly…
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1730 words)

End-of-term report

NOT since 1933 had an American president taken the oath of office in an economic climate as grim as it was when Barack Obama put his left hand on the Bible in January 2009. The banking system was…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 1, 2012
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2599 words)

What Went Wrong At Marikana? by Alex Lichtenstein

Photo: Johnson Matthey  If the truth be told it is shareholders in London and elsewhere that are to blame. Profits are being made at the expense of workers and communities and with the help of…
LENGTH: 1 minutes (411 words)

Beyond a joke: the truth about why we laugh

'Women couldn't care less whether their ideal male partner laughs or not – they want a male who makes them laugh.' Photograph by Getty Consider the bizarre events of the 1962 outbreak of contagious…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 2, 2012
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2461 words)

Boys on the Side

The hookup culture that has largely replaced dating on college campuses has been viewed, in many quarters, as socially corrosive and ultimately toxic to women, who seemingly have little choice but to…
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1119 words)