Mary Catherine Bateson, Anthropologist Who Wrote of Women, Dies at 82

Mary Catherine Bateson, a cultural anthropologist who was the author of quietly groundbreaking books on women’s lives — and who as the only child of Margaret Mead had once been…

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For Comfort Reading, Susan Minot Turns to Comic Writers

As far as comfort is concerned, I know I will always find the pleasure of laughter when I read David Sedaris. As a writer, he gets better and deeper. Other…

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Fredrik Backman Walked Into A Potential Future Home. What He Found Surprised Him.

HOMEBODY A few years ago, Fredrik Backman was looking for a new apartment in Stockholm when inspiration hit during an open house. “We’d seen maybe nine apartments and I was…

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When Getting High Is a Hobby, Not a Habit

Here, Hart goes quite a bit farther. He has been studying the neurochemistry of different drugs for years, including crack cocaine and methamphetamine. He summarizes his research findings in this…

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The Joys of Approaching Life as an Amateur

BEGINNERSThe Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong LearningBy Tom Vanderbilt Early in his new book, “Beginners,” the journalist Tom Vanderbilt finds himself unexpectedly adopting the role of a stereotypical “chess…

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A Memoir That Sees Only the Tip of the Melting Iceberg

UNSOLACEDAlong the Way to All That IsBy Gretel Ehrlich When we think of migratory peoples, the images that most likely come to mind are of pastoralists clinging to dwindling herds,…

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