Observation Deck

Is Russian Literature Dead?

How the land of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy became a book lover's afterthought.

Best Defense

‘Martin Chuzzlewit’: Dickens on a war reporter and other scurrilous Americans

I picked up the Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit recently because I wanted to see what he said about the United States that he saw while touring in the 1840s.


Eat, Pray, Leeches

Narendra Modi wants India to embrace its traditional systems of medicine, like ayurveda and yoga. But can he convince rich Indians to treat their ailments with lead pills and squirming bugs?

Tea Leaf Nation

The Word That Broke the Chinese Internet

The World Wide Web seems to be suffering from collective winter boredom.

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