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Literacy in the age of video games
Why Washington, Einstein, and Madonna can’t compete with you
Toward a progressive talk show
And the politics of self-love
Finding our way back to the Enlightenment
Culture as anesthetic
How I learned to stop worrying and love the Blob
Percentage of British elementary-school students who think Isaac Newton discovered fire:
The earth once had three moons; the two lost moons may have crashed into the surviving moon, or been sucked into the sun, or flung out of the solar system to drift through deep space.
In Florida, an 87-year-old World War II veteran flying touch-and-go drills in a Cessna collided with an airborne skydiver. “There was a ‘woof’ sound,” said a witness, “like falling on your face into your pillow.”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”
© 2012 Harper’s Magazine. Photograph (detail) © Danny Wilcox Frazier