Inside the world’s first all-female Special Forces unit: Norway’s Jegertroppen
If you watched The Ten Commandments this weekend (as you should have) you’ll find this interesting.
Some sad truth from Harold Bloom:
“I’ve had too many polemics in my life,” he says. “For 50 years I fought the death of humanistic studies in the universities and colleges and, in general, the failure of our intellectual education.” He’s tired of fighting, he says. “We lost the war,” he adds. “All I can do now is a kind of guerrilla action, but in the end there’s only Shakespeare.”
John Tierney argues that no institution has done more to help the poor than Wal-Mart
A new biography of Martin Luther reveals the life beyond the theses
Who is the biggest publisher of foreign fiction translated into English? Amazon.
How the Pope’s 16th-century chef revolutionized cooking
George Eliot under the microscope
The first Tupperware party, and the woman who made the product a household name
Alien intelligence: the extraordinary minds of octopuses and other cephalopods
Nearly extinct tigers found breeding in Thai jungle
Jesus Christ, just teach them the canon, FFS.
This will do more harm than good.
“After the health-care debacle, he is proceeding as though he believes that conservatives are his enemies, and he is ready to recruit Democrats, who will bring their policies with them, into that fight. Trump being Trump, nobody knows where he’ll be politically the day after tomorrow, but from one point of view it makes no sense to worry about Trump’s selling out conservatives: He was never a conservative to begin with, and it is impossible to betray principles that one does not in fact hold.”
Notebook written by unknown 17th-century William Shakespeare scholar leaves Antiques Roadshow expert ‘trembling’
Pence’s family practices expose a divide over human nature
Finally, the WORST argument for public funding of the arts
Lincoln the inventor
Norse mythology reimagined
The revival of Yiddish in music and literature
Paris wants to fight terror with culture. Will it work?
Shipwrecked: looking for God in The Ancient Mariner
Saturn’s massive hexagonal storm is revealed up close in stunning new Cassini image
In NBC interview, former President George W. Bush reminds us what it was like to have an adult in charge
North Korea executes five senior officials with antiaircraft guns
ATF agents used a web of shadowy cigarette sales to funnel tens of millions of dollars into a secret bank account
When the enemy of your enemy is – your enemy
What an unbelievably terrible idea
American Girl has forgotten everything that made it unique
Iceland’s hottest new reality TV show is just a live stream of cats
Diary of a Gulag prison guard
On poetry protests and why there are so few well-known conservative poets
Truth and fiction in Jane Austen
“Necessity used to be what forced us to grow up. That was the stick, and sex was the carrot, and between the two of them young men were forced/inspired to get off their asses, go to work, and start families of their own from time immemorial until the day before yesterday.”
Inside the quiet, prophetic politics of C.S. Lewis
Is a preoccupation with equality the most dangerous threat to democracy? Alexis de Tocqueville thought so.