War of principles

How should a democracy decide when to compromise its ideals in pursuit of victory over terrorists? By Alan M. Dershowitz

 A sample of Siebert’s dictionary, now being updated.

Q&A

In Maine, the Penobscot dictionary project rises again

Linguist Conor Quinn on writing the guide to a lost Native American language.

Uncommon Knowledge

Had sex, forgot about church

And more surprising insights from the social sciences.

Books

Book review

‘The Paying Guests’ by Sarah Waters

Waters weaves her characteristic threads of historical melodrama, lesbian romance, class tension, and sinister doings into a fabric of fictional delight.