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In this Sept. 2, 2014 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel poses in her studio at the castle of Civitella Ranieri in central Italy.  Bechdel was named Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, as one of 21 people to receive a "genius grant" from the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Riccardo De Luca)

Alison Bechdel’s Influence Extends Far Beyond Her Cartoons

Thursday, September 18, 2014

With one test, cartoonist Alison Bechdel changed the way we think about and discuss film. In her comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, which …

‘Easy Rider’ Motorcycle to Roll Onto the Auction Block

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in Easy Rider has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it’s for sale. The …

Art Notes: Newport’s Library Arts Center Mounts a Community-Centered Exhibition

Thursday, September 18, 2014

After Kate Luppold earned her B.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied oil painting and drawing, she did something a little unusual. …

Tunbridge Fifth-Grader Writes About His Confidence Showing Cattle

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Why Admiring China’s Scores Can Damage U.S. Schools

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I have spent much of my life studying China and the countries near it. Just ask and I’ll show you my master’s degree in East Asian regional studies, and my five years of Washington Post articles from Hong Kong and Beijing. So it’s depressing to realize what I …

Are the Roosevelts Electable?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Last month, inspired by his visit to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home at Hyde Park in New York, Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt pondered whether FDR could have been elected today. The same question has occurred to Ken Burns and Geoffrey Wards, whose look at the lives …

Miss America Faces Controversy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Atlantic City, n.j. — The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup. That was the message Monday from Kira Kazantsev of New York as many social …

A Fine Kettle of … Hawks?

Monday, September 15, 2014

It rained heavily the first time I had planned to go on a hawk watch, and the trip to Mt. Tom in western Massachusetts was cancelled. But the rain brought with it a weather front the next day …

New Mammals Discovered That Lived With Dinosaurs

Monday, September 15, 2014

In rocky outcroppings near a cornfield in northern China, paleontologists have unearthed three species of squirrel-like mammals that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Remarkably complete skeletons of the three new species — Shenshou lui, Xianshou linglong and Xianshou songae — were found in pieces of …

Neuroscience Provides Clues To Organization

Monday, September 15, 2014

We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom for better managing our time and organizing our professional and personal lives. Don’t try to multitask. Turn off the email and Facebook alerts. But what’s grounded in real evidence and what’s not? In his new book The Organized Mind, Daniel Levitin — …

Brian Wilson Biopic Steals the Show at Toronto Film Festival

Monday, September 15, 2014

Toronto — In recent years, the Toronto International Film Festival has become reliable one-stop shopping for critics, distributors and movie fans eager to sample the year’s best films: Toronto, after all, is where a little Iraq war movie called The Hurt Locker got its start; so did The …

Reading the Signs: Hundreds Walk to Raise Awareness of Suicide

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lebanon — Sunday afternoon found drivers slowing down to read the big yellow signs lining Route 120 . “Talking about being a burden to others,” one read. “Give a hug,” another said. Part of the annual Upper Valley …

Young Guy ‘Takes Over’

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Give me a reason O, I see no reason To fall in love with you — from Reason, by Noah Kahan Hanover — In his head, Dave Clark gave the kid five minutes to sing and play the …