Observation Deck

Is Russian Literature Dead?

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

Tea Leaf Nation

Now Viral in China: Tolerance

A short LGBTQ-themed film received 100 million online views over China's biggest holiday.

Tea Leaf Nation

China’s Good Girls Want Tattoos

Young women are increasingly turning to discreet, feminine body art to express themselves. It's still taboo, but who has to know?

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?


‘House of Cards’ Needs to Read Up on Russia

"House of Cards" struggles to sustain credulity in the world of international politics.

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