Our favorite stories of the week, featuring The New York Times, National Journal, New York Magazine, LA Weekly, and Curbed.
Will intellectual combat ever top the televised 1968 debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley? New York Magazine's Jim Holt thinks not.
How a Buffett family foundation quietly became the most influential supporter of research on IUDs, expanding access to the contraceptive and potentially changing the reproductive lives of millions of women.
Moira Wegel on FitBit activity trackers and the nature of confession.
Sidney Rittenberg served in China as an army linguist in the 1940s. After his enlistment ended in he stayed in China, became a leader in the Cultural Revolution and spent 16 years in solitary confinement.
“Memoir is a total minefield, as you know. It’s best if you write the book and leave the country.”