July 10, 2013 Scapes are the gardener's dividend. The taste of that green garlic is haunting — biting, fresh, vegetal and verdant. It is to mature garlic what a string quartet is to an orchestra; what a sonnet is to a novel.
July 9, 2013 What does it mean for a poem to be hard? Is it the same thing as when science is hard? Should we expect to need a class to help us understand poetry, just as we expect to need one for understanding electromagnetism? Where, exactly, do we expect to find our truths and how hard should we expect to fight for them?
July 9, 2013 The current Congress is on track to pass the least legislation since records have been kept. Joe Heller sees a nation imprisoned as a result, while Adam Zyglis views President Obama as inmate-in-chief.
July 9, 2013 Toy cars — from pedal-powered roadsters to Matchbox and Hot Wheels sets — are more than just child's play. Kids' preferences in their toys can point towards future automotive trends, like a growing fondness for eco-friendly cars, and licensing deals can build brand loyalty at a very young age.
July 8, 2013 For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the famed cronut — the very-in-demand croissant-doughnut hybrid from New York. Or, rather, we try a Chicago knockoff called the doughssant.
July 8, 2013 At first, you couldn't ask for a better meal plan. The food is free, delivered straight to you. It lands, literally, right at your feet. All you have to do is bend over and eat. Except: the portions are very small and tend to slip away rather quickly. That's why sandpipers seem so frantic when you see them at the beach. Their food keeps disappearing.
July 8, 2013 A survey finds that 76 percent of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Lisa Benson doesn't see much hope for improvement, while John Cole thinks the charges on debit-card paychecks are making it worse.
July 7, 2013 Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter's 1845 novella Rock Crystal is the seemingly simple tale of two children who get lost in a snowfall on Christmas Eve. But author Susan Choi says the story perfectly captures humanity at its humblest and most resilient.
July 7, 2013 President Obama has delayed the employer mandate, a key part of the Affordable Care Act, until 2015. Dave Granlund thinks the health law needs more than one fix, while Nate Beeler argues there's more at stake for Obama than health care.
July 6, 2013 Violence continued in Egypt after President Mohammed Morsi was deposed by the nation's generals. Tom Janssen questions the solidity of any bond between anti-Morsi protesters and the Egyptian military, while Mike Luckovich wonders how long Americans will pay attention.