October 18, 2012 Will Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" remark during the second presidential debate hurt his campaign? Aislin is one of many who think the statement certainly won't help, while Joe Heller puts it in historical context.
October 17, 2012 Argentine author César Aira's newest novel, The Miracle Cures of Dr. Aira, is the story of a doctor's quest for miracle cures for imagined illnesses — and to defeat his wicked archnemesis, the sinister Dr. Actyn. Reviewer Pablo Medina says it's worth a read.
October 17, 2012 In the age of the Internet, data is everywhere — the question is how to use it. Author Doug Lemov recommends three books about the power of information. What is your favorite number-crunching book? Tell us in the comments.
October 17, 2012 The president's improved performance last night doesn't eradicate the damage from the Oct. 3 debate. Only one chance remains to do so before Election Day, so the pressure that animated the Hofstra debate will be all the greater in Monday's finale in Florida.
October 17, 2012 Malala Yousafzai, the Pakastani teenager who advocated education for girls in a diary online, is recovering after being shot by the Taliban. Pat Bagley and Taylor Jones offer their admiring support.
October 17, 2012 During her childhood, says food writer Monica Bhide, the whistle of the pressure cooker always signaled that a comforting lentil dish would be on the dinner table. But you don't need a pressure cooker to make these protein-packed, flavorful dishes.
October 17, 2012 Other takeaways from Tuesday's debate: President Obama gets tough while his GOP rival, Mitt Romney, gives no ground; voters are unhappy; candidates can't let go of the past; and the debate on foreign policy is truly teed up.
October 16, 2012 After President Obama's lackluster performance in his first debate against Mitt Romney, many are wondering whether he can reverse his fortunes. Tim Campbell still gives the edge to Romney, while Kirk Walters offers a bit of advice that many Democrats might echo.
October 15, 2012 After the first manuscript of Thomas Carlyle's French Revolution was accidentally burned, he began again with renewed fervor. Historian H.W. Brands explains why Carlyle's book remains fresh as ever. Have you ever lost your magnum opus to fire or flash drive? Tell us in the comments.
October 15, 2012 With the second presidential debate a day away, the polls have been back and forth on who has the lead. Jeff Parker has sympathy for the pollsters, while Mike Smith thinks partisan expectations don't make matters any easier.
October 14, 2012 The Vice Presidential debate may not have produced a clear winner, but it did provoke many strong impressions. Bill Day questions Paul Ryan's candor, while Gary Varvel thinks Joe Biden's demeanor was over-the-top.
October 13, 2012 Paddy Roy Bates,the self-proclaimed prince of Sealand, died this week at the age of 91. In 1965, Bates boarded an artillery platform seven miles off the English coast and set up Radio Essex, a "pirate" music station. But he didn't stop there.