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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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How politics is ruining college students

How ‘Sherlock of the library’ cracked the case of Shakespeare’s identity

An essential guide for understanding sea power

California’s Matisse

Thank god. He should never have been hired in the first place.

Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse

No, Trump is not like Orwell’s ‘1984’

The careful way to go after Muslim Brotherhood radicals

The devil and Hilary Mantel

Norway turns off FM radio

“How Faulkner convinced me not to become an astronomer”

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Sotheby’s goes risqué in first-ever erotic art auction

How Rauschenberg elevated Tiffany’s window displays into an art form

What a time to be alive

An Oxford college sends Renaissance rarities to the U.S.

The United States is an exceptional, extraordinary, unusual place. One day again I hope to have a President who understands that. Instead of a President who says disgraceful things about it and thinks it’s a terrible place.

Joyce among the Jesuits

Terrible women writers

“What is the Democratic party? Is it a genuine political party, or is it simply an instrument of relatively well-off government workers who care about very little other than securing for themselves regular raises and comfortable pensions?”

Great Britain, the litter bin of Europe

The Problem

Thousands of Mark Twain artifacts threatened by mold at author’s historic home undergoing repairs

Cosmic test bolsters Einstein’s “Spooky Action at a Distance”

A history of the oldest but least understood American law enforcement agency: The U. S. Marshals Service

10 sweetest pictures of Pluto from NASA’s latest release

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Botticelli’s Venus to go on view in the United States for the first time

I’m very pleased with Trump’s SCOTUS pick. Anyone who wants the executive restrained should be. He’s done two things right so far: Mattis and Gorsuch.

13 most beautiful opera houses around the world

Sotheby’s Americana week brings in $19.4 million

“I do sometimes wonder, sincerely, at what appears to me to be a genuine lack of self-respect on the Left. No one believes Chuck Schumer helped put a right-wing extremist on a federal court, and no one believes Gorsuch is an extremist. But the ritual incantation must be made, because that is what is demanded.”

Correct: “We should fear ‘Brave New World’ more than ‘1984’”

Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying

Cigarettes are still sublime

‘The Hobbit’ book returned to a New York library after a 38-year unexpected journey with a U.S. Marine

Smart, emotionally stable people enjoy morbid humor

Gary Taylor argues that Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in 1603, not 1601. Jonathan Bate disagrees.

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Less can be more: On the merits of simple museum displays

What a beautiful person


500 years of Bosch

Pity the writer at Christmas?

The birth of The Stranger and its subsequent popularity


No, she hasn’t. I’m delighted this child likes to read so much but let’s stop pretending “Clifford the Red Dog” is a real book like “War and Peace” is a real book.


The pistes are alive with the sound of Mozart


“Venus smiled, with a mysterious wave across its atmosphere”

Bach’s God

Why killer whales and humans are two of only three species that go through the menopause


All right fine I’ll go see it

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The oasis of Palmyra

Rare $5.4 million Jean-Étienne Liotard portrait goes to Rijksmuseum after 250 years in UK

How did Pearl Harbor happen?

Painting after Caravaggio

A history of the medieval Wound Man

Why are some astronomers so desperate to believe in aliens?

A history of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Are saunas good for the brain?

Cheetah numbers crashing; extinction possible

Martin Amis is working on a novel about Christopher Hitchens, Saul Bellow and Philip Larkin.


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