| Feb 18, 2008
IN the 1890s, a New York surgeon named William Coley tested a radical cancer treatment. He took a hypodermic needle teeming with bacteria and plunged it into the flesh of patients.
After suffering through weeks of chills and fevers, many showed...
| May 8, 2009
Twenty-five years beyond "1984," we're still living in George Orwell's world.
Or at least the queen of England is. In March, Queen Elizabeth surprised a few people by giving the visiting president of Mexico a copy of George Orwell's dystopian classic...
| Apr 4, 2010
The iron chain falls with a clang as the old man steps into the dark, deserted hallway of Linda Vista Community Hospital. Lights flicker and a stench of mold hangs in the air. Down the main corridor, a lone metal gurney rests against a wall.
| Jan 26, 2010
Jerry Snapp loved Tiffany, and it broke his heart that he had to sell her. Close to 200 pounds, almost 4 feet tall, a foot and a half wide, she was his most beautiful skull.
He picked her up in the spring of '97. He heard about her from a friend and...
| Aug 29, 2008
Today's question: To what extent does Vladimir Putin's Russia resemble the old Soviet Union? Previously, Meier and Moynihan discussed NATO expansion, Russia’s membership in the G-8 and its possible membership in the WTO, U.S. diplomacy in Eastern...
| Dec 16, 2007
About this report
This story, the latest installment in an 18-month investigation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is based in part on a review of hundreds of foundation grant descriptions, policies, evaluation reports and tax returns....
| Mar 28, 2010
William Lindsay Gresham's novel "Nightmare Alley" (NYRB Classics: 288 pp., $16) tells the rise-and-fall story of Stan Carlisle, a hustling carnival wanna-be who transforms himself into the Great Stanton, a big-time stage magician, and then into a fake...
| Dec 16, 2007
A neighbor shaved Matsepang Nyoba's head with an antiquated razor. Blood beaded on her scalp. Tears trickled down her cheeks, but not because of the pain. She was in mourning, and this was a ritual.
Two days earlier, her newborn baby girl had died in the...
| Jan 17, 2010
There are operas whose scores are hummable and whose tunes have worked their way into popular culture. And then there are operas that resist any sort of easy packaging -- operas that are, for lack of a better phrase, musical oddballs.
Robert Kurka's "The...
| Dec 29, 2007
Among the major notables who passed from the scene this year, three of the most famous -- two masters of cinema and a genius of football -- died on the same day: July 30.
Two others -- a historic Russian leader and a U.S. chronicler of war -- left us...
| May 3, 2009
The Thoreau You
What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant
Collins: 368 pp., $25.99
Robert Sullivan, to his great amusement, has often been called a nature writer, in spite of the fact that he has written about a New...
| Mar 17, 2009
Even the food industry has come to agree: This country must reform its ineffective food safety system. Beef, peanuts, salsa -- over the last year alone, the American public has been given reason after reason to lose confidence in the food, imported and...