In Defense of the Digital Umbilical CordI’m 26 and still on my parents’ cellphone plan. That’s a good thing.
The Language Time MachineGoogle’s Ngram Viewer gave us a new way to explore history, but has it led to any real discoveries?
Furious at Facebook Again!When a man tried to return my lost laptop, Facebook hid his messages from me. How come?
The Mystery of the Little Norwegian ChessmenA new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases strange and charming chess pieces from the Middle Ages.
Say Cheese, Mr. PresidentA new traveling exhibit highlights the most captivating presidential photography of the past 50 years.
Let’s Abolish Religion!How two British atheists convinced a crowd of New Yorkers that the world would be better off without faith at last night’s Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Religion Doesn’t Make People Immoral, Being Human DoesAn interview with Rabbi David Wolpe: Why he’ll argue against the motion,"The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion," at the Nov. 15 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
The Developing World Needs More Female Internet UsersA new report outlines some ways to make it happen.
The Future of Food: Five FrontiersHow nanotechnology, vertical farms, and lab-grown meat may change the way you eat.
You Did Not See Mommy Kissing Santa Claus I spoiled Santa for a classmate in third grade and have felt guilty about it ever since.
An Angsty Queen, A Deadly Elephant and Other Early Chess Pieces From the Cloisters Collection
In Praise of the Small ThanksgivingI used to wish for more guests at my holiday dinner. Now I know better.
Where Have All the Populists Gone? Even with rising concern about inequality, don’t expect anyone to offer a strong, working-class message in 2016.
Inside Higher Ed
Criticism Unwelcome The United Arab Emirates blocked an NYU professor who questioned its policies. Is academic freedom at risk?
The XX Factor
Nashville Prosecutors Reportedly Offered Women Plea Bargains in Exchange For Sterilization
The “How Does a U.N. Official Work?” Transcript What’s it like to manage the U.N.’s Ebola response? Read a transcript of Adam Davidson’s conversation with the assistant secretary-general for field support.
“I’d Rather Not Rewrite All the HTTP Stuff Myself” Fascinating early posts from the founders of eBay, Amazon, Google, and others.