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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Alan Lightman on the theory of everything, technology as mediator of human experience, and empathizing with the religious impulse Read More
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By Barbara Ehrenreich, from Living with a Wild God, out next month from Twelve. Ehrenreich, a longtime contributor to Harper’s Magazine, is the author of many books, including, most recently,…
Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality, by Gary Lachman. Tarcher/Penguin. 352 pages. $16.95. Last things first: How did the avocado come to its present prominence in the agriculture of…