The Loneliness of the Long Distance Speaker: Linguistic Isolation in the Modern World

Ayapaneco, an endangered Mexican language, sparked linguistic interest when the last two speakers of the language were not speaking to each other

Penguin Books at 80

The beloved Penguin Books is 80 years old.

E.L. Doctorow On New York

Literary giant E.L. Doctorow died in New York — where he lived his entire life — on 07/21. In a 1995 interview, Doctorow reveals what the city meant to him.
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“Between the World and Me”: Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Legacy of James Baldwin

Toni Morrison has compared writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to James Baldwin; find out why here.
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Still Visible: William Styron’s Memoir of Madness 25 Years Later

An interview with the daughter of William Styron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sophie's Choice.

On Gold Diggers

A cultural history of gold diggers.

What Happens in Vegas is None of Your Business

Las Vegas is a city like few others. It’s used in many iconic American stories as a symbol ...

Ex Machinations in the Turing Test

Artificial Intelligence and the Turing Test.

The Etiquette of Desegregation

How whites and blacks had to learn new forms of etiquette post desegregation.
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Not Quite Right: The Father Daughter Dynamic in the Cosby Show

The father daughter dynamic in Cosby's show reveals how enmeshed we are in rape and misogynistic culture.