Charles Lane

10/23/2014 - 2:28pm

    The story is told of three professors - a chemist, a physicist and an economist - who find themselves shipwrecked with a large supply of canned food but no way to open the cans. The chemist proposes a solvent made from native plant oils. The physicist suggests climbing a tree to just the right height, then...

10/16/2014 - 1:38pm

    It's hard to believe, in the wake of this week's Supreme Court refusal to review federal court rulings in favor of gay marriage, but some gay-marriage backers once took a dim view of federal constitutional lawsuits meant to advance the cause....

10/09/2014 - 3:05pm

    No power couple cut a wider social swath in post-Civil War Washington than President Ulysses S. Grant's attorney general, George H. Williams, and his wife, Kate.

    Then Kate Williams'...

10/02/2014 - 4:12pm

    No film more deftly portrays college-age ennui than Mike Nichols' classic 1967 movie, "The Graduate."

    "What are you doing?" Benjamin Braddock's father demands of his...

09/25/2014 - 12:15pm

    The latest meeting of the People Who Influence Everything from Auto Loans to 401(k) Plans - a.k.a. the Federal Reserve Board's Open Market Committee - has just concluded. The Fed confirmed Wednesday that, as expected, it will stop buying bonds with...

09/18/2014 - 4:25pm

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has launched the marketing "roadshow" for a $21 billion-plus initial public offering to take place this month. If all goes according to the company's plans, it could be the biggest IPO in Wall Street history....

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