Fraud, errors, and other dismaying academic problems

Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky on how the biggest fabricator in science got caught: Yoshitaka Fujii falsified 183 papers before statistics exposed him. David Broockman and Joshua Kalla discovered one of social science’s biggest frauds — here’s what they learned. How reliable are psychology studies? A new study shows that the field suffers from a reproducibility problem, but the extent of the issue is still hard to nail down (and more and more). Piercarlo Valdesolo on fixing the problem of liberal

Paper Trail

Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and author, died on Sunday at age 82. Sacks announced in February that he had late-stage cancer. Sacks’s books, which include Hallucinations and Awakenings and the recent memoir On the Move, captured the mysterious workings of the human brain. In his 1985 book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,


Feminism, Dominance, and Submission

Catherine ScottIt can seem a tall order to find literature about BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadomasochism) that is both erotic and cerebral, and that can depict a woman playing the

Daily Review


In the best chapter in Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks describes his own history of experimentation with drugs during his thirties, when he was a neurology resident in Southern California on a quest to satisfy an obsessive curiosity about the neurochemical background of


Ottessa Moshfegh

I first came to know Ottessa Moshfegh's writing through her shrewd, darkly funny stories in the Paris Review, for which she won the Plimpton Prize, Much of her work deals in disgust (see her story "Disgust"), fixation, and the personal horrors we can't look away from.


Not Writing

Anne Boyer

I am not writing a scandalous memoir. I am not writing a pathetic memoir. I am not writing a memoir about poetry or love. I am not writing a memoir about poverty, debt collection, or bankruptcy. I am not writing about family court. I am not writing a memoir because memoirs are for property owners and not writing a memoir about prohibitions of memoirs.