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Inside the German Brain: An English Neurosurgeon Abroad

Inside the German Brain: An English Neurosurgeon Abroad
By July 1, 2007

Once you get used to the smell of formaldehyde, operating on the heads of cadavers is one of the pleasures of being a surgeon. Cutting open any human head to appreciate and learn its anatomy is a unique opportunity for … Read More

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The Sopranos and the End of Masculinity

The Sopranos and the End of Masculinity
By June 7, 2007

In the pilot episode of The Sopranos, mob captain Tony Soprano and his teenage daughter Meadow sit in an old, empty church. Tony marvels at the place—its grandeur, its history—and tries to get his daughter to do the same. “Your … Read More

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Can We Save the Internet?

Can We Save the Internet?
By May 29, 2007

Andrew Keen is the author of Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet is Killing Our Culture. Kevin Kelly is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine. In this week’s Big Question, they debate "Can we save the internet?" From: … Read More

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Rumors: Gisele Bundchen, Bar Rafaeli, and the Split from Victoria’s Secret

Rumors: Gisele Bundchen, Bar Rafaeli, and the Split from Victoria’s Secret
By May 7, 2007

Gisele Bundchen will not renew her contract with Victoria's Secret, which is about to end its five-year term. Why? Page Six reported the brand was unwilling to give the supermodel a raise from her $5-million-a-year salary. TMZ reported Gisele refused … Read More

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The Languages of Vilnius

The Languages of Vilnius
By May 1, 2007

My great-grandfather was born in Vilnius in the late 19th century. After immigrating to America in his early 20s, he changed his last name from Milovsky to Miller, abandoned Orthodoxy, and rarely discussed his previous life. “Nobody in Milwaukee ever … Read More

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When Jewish David Met Irish Eileen

When Jewish David Met Irish Eileen
By April 30, 2007

[Like many bespectacled Jewish men, Eli Valley enjoys making things up about comic books. Unlike your average Chabon or Lethem, however, Valley prefers soap operas to Superman, which is why he’s spent years amassing a collection of genuine 1970s-era romance … Read More

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Ich Bin Ein Bestseller

Ich Bin Ein Bestseller
By March 25, 2007

What a difference a half-century makes. Fifty years ago, Germans were pulling out my relatives’ gold fillings with a vise grip; today, they are sending me and every other Jewish writer they can find large certified checks for the right … Read More

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Adventures in Buenos Aires

Adventures in Buenos Aires
By March 15, 2007

I’m sipping coffee looking out the window of the apartment I’ve rented here in Buenos Aires. A moment ago I forgot where I was. My French doors open onto a balcony overlooking a busy street in Recoleta, the beautiful and … Read More

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