Andrew Benedict-Nelson considers "The Cigarette: A Political History" by Sarah Milov.
Travis Rieder’s “In Pain” provides us with a bioethics that is not passively analytical, but peacefully agitative.
Rethinking the Invisible: Philip Ball’s Historical Account
In "Invisible," Philip Ball addresses the relationship between scientific inquiry and our beliefs about the world beyond our senses.
Woman out of Time: On “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
The latest in the "man out of time" storytelling tradition, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" subverts the form, skewering the absurdity of our era.
Political Revolutionaries, International Conspiracies, and the Fearful, Frenzied Elites
Constitutional reformers, religious dissenters, and simple political enemies.
The Fight for America’s Classrooms
The Teacher Wars is a lively case history of the nation’s teaching corps.
Zen and the Art of Double Entry Bookkeeping: On Accounting and Accountability
If we want more accountability in our public and private institutions, we must also ask more of ourselves, according to Andrew Soll.
How to See the World As It Isn’t: Thinking with the Life of Louis Agassiz
A mid-19th-century scientist can teach us a lot about how to see the world as it isn’t.
What Can We Learn from Jared Diamond?
Jared Diamond is undoubtedly of the cosmographic bent. We get to be like Montaigne, interpreting this traveler’s testimony according to our own purposes.
What's In a Prediction? On Nate Silver and the Science of Probability
I PREDICT THAT ONE DAY Nate Silver will be remembered for doing something more consequential than forecasting the winners of presidential