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The Law Won

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How Copyright Law Protects Art From Criticism

A case for allowing the copyright on Gone With the Wind to expire.

The Slightly Smaller Screen

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Why Do So Many People Watch HGTV?

The same reason so many people watch NCIS or Law and Order: It’s all a procedural.

We Read It

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A Letter Becomes a Book Becomes a Play

Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth: A Play in Letters From Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and Back Again takes 900 pages of correspondence between the two poets and turns them into an on-stage performance.

Life in the Data

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Sounds Like the Blues

At a music-licensing firm, any situation can become nostalgic, romantic, or adventurous, given the right background sounds.

Sociological Images

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Fashion as a Inescapable Institution

Like it or not, fashion is an institution because we can no longer feasibly make our own clothes.

Hmmm

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Hating Happiness

People all over the world are afraid of happiness, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s yet another challenge to the notion that positive thinking can heal all wounds.

In the Picture

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In the Picture: One Multi-Acre Plot of Land for Every American Indian Family

In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.

The Big Screen

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How to Make Money in Hollywood: Don’t Be a Woman Over 34

For male movie stars, earnings steadily rise until age 51, when things level off. For women, the peak comes 17 years earlier, and it’s followed by a sudden drop.

Findings

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Fifty Shades of Meh

New research refutes the notion that reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy strongly impacts women’s sexual behavior.

The Law Won

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The Imagined Sex Worker

The stigma against black sex workers can reinforce stigmas against all black women and all sex workers.

Quick Studies

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All-Girls Schools Don’t Make Girls More Competitive

Parents, not educational setting, may be the key.

Book Reviews

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Zombies in the Quad: The Trouble With Elite Education

William Deresiewicz’s new book, Excellent Sheep, is in part, he says, a letter to his younger, more privileged self.

In the Classroom

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Um, Why Are These Professors Creeping on My Facebook Page?

The ethics of student-teacher “intimacy”—on campus and on social media.

Subculture

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Homeless on Purpose

The latest entry in a series of interviews about subculture in America.

Findings

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Why Original Artworks Move Us More Than Reproductions

Researchers present evidence that hand-created artworks convey an almost magical sense of the artist’s essence.

But It's Just a Game

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Pulling Punches: Why Sports Leagues Treat Most Offenders With Leniency

There’s a psychological explanation for the weak punishment given to Ray Rice before a video surfaced that made a re-evaluation unavoidable.

Quick Studies

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Do Conspiracy Theorists Feed on Unsuspecting Internet Trolls?

Not literally, but debunkers and satirists do fuel conspiracy theorists’ appetites.

Prospector

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The Grateful Dig: An Archaeologist Excavates a Tie-Dyed Modern Stereotype

What California’s senior state archaeologist discovered in the ruins of a hippie commune.

What Makes You So Smart?

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What Makes You So Smart, Brilliant 12-Year-Old?

Charles Wang is going to rule the world.

In the Classroom

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A Law Professor Walks Into a Creative Writing Workshop

One academic makes the case for learning how to write.

Quick Studies

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3-D Movies Aren’t That Special

Psychologists find that 3-D doesn’t have any extra emotional impact.

The World Wide Web

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Online Harassment of Women Isn’t Just a Gamer Problem

By blaming specific subcultures, we ignore a much larger and more troubling social pathology.

Quick Studies

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In Soccer as in Art, Motifs Matter

A new study suggests a way to quantitatively measure a team’s style through its pass flow. It may become another metric used to evaluate potential recruits.

Culture Essays

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Defining Michael Brown

How Harriet Beecher Stowe and D.W. Griffith still define the ways in which America talks about black men.

Substance

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Why the NFL’s Drug Policies Are One Big Fumble

Enforcing blanket abstinence for some alcohol offenders and harshly penalizing marijuana use are hardly 21st-century solutions.

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Mysterious Resting State Networks Might Be What Allow Different Brain Therapies to Work

Deep brain stimulation and similar treatments target the hubs of larger resting-state networks in the brain, researchers find.

Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be to Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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