The Nobel Lecture by Svetlana Alexievich. A Q&A with Gerd Gigerenzer: "We humans are not as dim-witted as the heuristics-and-biases research makes us appear." Excerpt from Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising by Jonathan Littell. The books of the year according to The Economist and the Financial Times. An interview with the American art critic and historian Hal Foster.
Graphic Design Visionaries is both a fantastic source of inspiration and an excellent guide to the history of graphic design.
A conversation with Jürgen Habermas. A promising idea in complexity theory may help prevent migraines, financial collapses, climate catastrophes and more. The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art houses one of the world's greatest unseen collections of modern art. A map showing the average walking times between central London's Tube stations. A Syria update. René Girard has passed away. Karl Ove Knausgaard reviews Michel Houellebecq’s "Submission" for the NY Times.
Second-hand Time is a collection of voices, stories, fragments and witness accounts. They tell of the individual and the collective experience of existence in the grinding jaws of history.
What the textbooks don't tell you about psychology's most famous case study. A video profile of the 2014 Fields medalist Maryam Mirzakhani. Thomas Piketty has lunch with the Financial Times. Marina Warner reviews and compares old and new editions of the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. The best time to post on social networks in order to maximize the probability of audience responses. The 100 best posters of 2014 from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. An excerpt from the British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh's superb memoir Do No Harm. The must-read books of the year so far according to the Financial Times. Who needs CGI when you've got more than 20,000 extras? And more.