In Other Words
A new book explores the roots of deep travel -- as necessary for Manhattan homebodies as for madcap foreign correspondents.
Looking back, what did we really know -- and what did we just think we knew?
What is WikiLeaks really trying to tell us? We asked eminent historians and scholars to take the long view on these startling documents.
Think Julian Assange is sui generis? He's just one in a long line of agents provocateurs, stretching back through Trotsky to the Greeks.
What if the hidden messages in the WikiLeaks cables were less about Tunisia and Russia, more about Winnie the Pooh?
The world of U.S. diplomacy as filtered through WikiLeaks looks an awful lot like a certain other Western imperial power from not too long ago.
What if the big message of the WikiLeaks cables is that there is no message?
How Mao killed Chinese humor ... and how the Internet is slowly bringing it back again.
Egyptian humor goes where its politics cannot.
In surreal Russia, fake presidential tweets are much more relevant than the real ones.
Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate has more to say about human freedom than any other Russian novel of the century. That's probably why it was locked up for so long.
The nostalgists are wrong -- in fact, travel writing is better than ever, and it's got more to tell us about our globalized world than dry policy writing does.
If you like your adventure stories devoid of any eating, prayer, or love, try the classics.
Eat, Pray, Love was just the nail in the coffin. An ardent traveler looks at an entire genre gone narcissistic and brainless.
With the global rise of the celebrity CEO, some new stories are being told.
Two autobiographies show how India's new Rockefellers made it big.
Leading Iranian-American writers revisit a year of dreams and discouragement.
Far from being a wipeout, the Green Movement was a historic success. Too bad no one was watching.
Far from being a tool of revolution in Iran over the last year, the Internet, in many ways, just complicated the picture.
Reading Lolita in Tehran's Azar Nafisi discusses Iran's cultural crisis -- and how the West got it wrong.