Article Archive

Rudolf’s Sad Descent and the Habsburg Fall

Things might have turned out differently had he not ended his life that winter morning in 1889.

January 3, 2018

Stefan Zweig Followed His Europe Into Suicide

Tragic tale reflects continent’s descent into 20th-century chaos.

October 24, 2017

Edgar Wallace, Literary Mercenary

The creator of King Kong, who first made his name as a war correspondent, never let moral principle stand in the way of a paycheck.

March 3, 2016

American Idols

Hollywood stars don’t just influence politics—they actually decide who wins elections.

August 7, 2014

Unlearning to Be Human

What people can learn from the other animals

July 11, 2013