10 min read · Apr 30th · The evolution of the slur's use — and the taboo around it — tells a story about what our culture values.
The outright taboo status of “nigger” began only at the end of the 20th century; 2002 was about the last year that a mainstream publisher would allow a book to be titled “Nigger,”
It’s safe to say that the transition to “the N-word” wasn’t driven by the linguistic coarseness of a Los Angeles detective or something a prosecutor said one day during a monthslong trial. Rather, Mr. Darden’s reticence was a symptom of something already in the air by 1995: the larger shift in sensibility that rendered slurs, in general, the new profanity.
1 min read · Sep 13th · You begin You begin this way: this is your hand, this is your eye, this is a fish, blue and flat on the paper, almost the shape of an eye This is your mouth, this is an O or a moon, whichever you…
8 min read · Jul 20th · The most vital quandary of mental health disorders and therapies today is not whether they change the brain but how
A brain-based approach to mental health disorders might also help us invent new treatments.
Some patients showed a significant benefit of the combined treatment, and some did not – just like in so many treatments for depression.
A crucial scientific challenge of our era will be measuring the cognitive and biological changes occurring in mental health on an individual level, and mapping out their relationships with treatment outcomes.
5 min read · 2019-12-02 · FEATUREs: Originally from Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, and Urdu Definition in the Oxford English Dictionary: “a flexible approach to problem-solving that uses limited resources in an innovative…
5 min read · 2019-12-03 · by Brooks Riley A long time ago, on a mountainside in Liechtenstein, I tuned my transistor radio to the Deutschlandfunk, one of neighboring Germany’s state radio stations whose broadcast range leaked…
6 min read · 2019-11-11 · After the 2008 election, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza reported that Obama had told his incoming political director, Patrick Gaspard, “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I …
5 min read · 2019-11-13 · David Bowie has been canonised, and his cultural enthusiams are obsessed over. John O’Connell and William Collins appreciate his pick’n’mix habits, but have they forgotten the music?
9 min read · 2019-11-14 · Ishaq Bar-Moshe started writing books in Arabic two decades after he emigrated from Iraq to Israel. It was a radical choice, given that the language aroused deep antipathy in Israel — but Bar-Moshe…