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‘London Bridge is down’: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death

Saffron growers look to get a foothold in the U.S.

This. Stop whining.

The French origins of think tanks

Good. More please.

Whitman’s first rule of manliness and health: eat meat

But not people. That’s very unhealthy.

America’s atheists

Conservatism for losers

Camille Paglia predicted 2017

Barbarians and the civilized

Michelangelo’s grave miscalculation

The environmentalist who unintentionally killed millions

Why youth wasn’t enough in Egypt

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The curse of the bahia emerald, a giant green rock that ruins lives

In Phil Campbell, Alabama, his name is my name too

We need more ‘useless’ knowledge

On the pleasures and endurance of letters

Egypt’s unfinished revolution

Don’t dismiss the grand piano

Welcome to the future range of the woolly mammoth

The perils of Jacksonian governance

How two English authors helped start the Spanish Civil War

Did Steven Spielberg ruin the movies?

Time crystals created, suspending laws of physics

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A queer taste for macaroni

The art of medieval embroidery

The radical argument of the new Oxford Shakespeare

John Dixon Hunt revisits the life and work of English landscaper “Capability” Brown 

Religious art will never die

The thrill of the black marching band

A restaurant run by grandmas from all over the world

Why the Stonehenge tunnel is monumental folly

The President is off his meds again

Art and money

Because they’re idiots who need to get a life?


The blood of Komodo dragons is loaded with compounds that could be used as antibiotics, researchers found


Like I’ve been telling you for years, they’re not going to get rid of it. They actually might make it worseThis GOP health care bill is neither a repeal bill nor a replace bill. It’s more of a fix bill. Except it doesn’t fix anything. The ability of Republican leaders to park themselves at the exact intersection of bad policy and bad politics is really something to behold. The Left is going to scream no matter what, so maybe just go ahead and do the right thing, guys. To be fair, neither Trump nor most Americans are willing to do what actually needs to be done to fix the problem, so here we are. Most Americans want other people to pay for their stuff. That’s who we are now, sadly. Which is why I’ve been saying for years that Obamacare – or a version of it – is here to stay.

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Sex and death in Homer

Otherworldly architecture in Japan’s magical mountainside

Newly discovered Mark Twain children’s story to be released this fall

Submerged in the cosmic kingdom

‘Walden,’ the video game

How the bald eagle became a nuisance

The Spartan way of life

Istanbul: A tale of three cities

How good was Evelyn Waugh?

The Victorian influence on African-American writers 

A nation changed by breakfast

The visual artists who inspired Brahms

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Is an altar cloth in a small parish church made from one of Elizabeth I’s skirts?

The National Library of Israel has acquired a vast private library of rare Jewish books

The man who made chess into a science

In defense of personal property

New photos show the Sistine Chapel as never before

Christie’s aims to score $70 million with rare Francis Bacon triptych

Take a literary vacation with Rail Europe


Is World Cat Day the only thing that can unify our fractured world?

RIP Tea Party: The anti-establishment movement embraces big government

Want millennials in your concert hall? Re-do your website.

Making a splash: The Tate dives into the art of David Hockney

Samuel Beckett after the Nobel 

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The world’s largest private Rembrandt collection goes on view at the Louvre

Good piece on the best movie of the year

Solar system that could support alien life discovered

Social media driving Americans insane

The mythic grandeur of old Hollywood is gone

What did Adam Smith really believe?

Dear GOP Congress,
Ignore the clown show in the White House and start passing reforms now. You probably won’t be in power for long.

Why the British tell better children’s stories

Squid communicate with a secret, skin-powered alphabet

Eiffel Tower to get €300 million facelift

The music of the Third Reich

For Ben Franklin’s birthday, his first piece of printing reappears

The music of meaning: how to listen to jazz

First synagogue in 500 years opens in Sicily 

The early life of Prince Edward VI 

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The story of David Bowie’s unfinished musical

Stolen Guercino altarpiece worth $6 million found in Morocco

How a young Antonin Scalia shaped Canada’s spy agencies

Lady Jane Grey — a quintessential Tudor

Obscure Gustav Klimt masterpiece will lead Sotheby’s London auction

The President isn’t the hero of the American story

The flaw in the Right’s media hate

The art of living and writing freely can save us from ourselves

Literature-loving writers can now work in Mark Twain’s library

We deserve a better press, and a better president, too. If you are the sort of partisan who cannot entertain the possibility that both of these things may be true at the same time, then you ought to consider the possibility that you are one of the reasons why we do not have a better press or a better president.”

“Zhou Youguang, the inventor of a system to convert Chinese characters into words with the Roman alphabet, died recently at the age of 111. Since his system was introduced nearly six decades ago, few innovations have done more to boost literacy rates in China and bridge the divide between the country and the West.”

How microbial infections might cause Alzheimer’s disease

Will the Crac des Chevaliers survive the Syrian Civil War?

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