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The Dark Optimism of Paul Thomas Anderson

His parables about cruel and powerful men have made him the most admired filmmaker alive, but they’ve had the side effect of making Paul Thomas Anderson seem a little down on the state of humanity. And he is! He definitely is.

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How to Build a Financial Legacy

“Your outputs in life are your time and treasure,” she says. “To have control of both of those and better direct how you spend your gifts, time and money helps synchronize your life with your aspirations.”

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Town Fears G.O.P. Tax Plan Will Erode Its Egalitarian Pillars

In Columbia, Md., a planned community where equality strikes a deep chord, residents worry that the just-passed tax law’s ripple effect will widen the income gap.

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What Do You Call a World That Can’t Learn From Itself?

Why Don’t Americans Understand How Poor Their Lives Are?

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My Must-Have Mac Apps, 2017 Edition

Below are 40 Mac apps and a few web services that I used this year and consider my must-have apps, divided into seven categories.

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Rupert Murdoch and President Trump: A Friendship of Convenience

Mr. Murdoch and President Trump — both forged in New York’s tabloid culture, one as the owner of The New York Post, the other as its perfect subject — have traveled in the same circles since the 1970s, but they did not become close until recently, when their interests began to align more than ever before.

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Reimagining Prison with Frank Gehry

Yale, one of Gehry’s several academic affiliations, offered to host it. Connecticut, where Governor Dannel Malloy is a prison reform enthusiast, invited the class to tour the 104-year-old, 1,600-bed Cheshire Correctional Facility about 20 miles north of New Haven.

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Learn a Coding Language in 2018

Changing career paths, getting an idea for an app out of your head, or just learning something new and useful are all great reasons to get started programming.

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Ten Years in, Nobody Has Come up With a Use for Blockchain

Everyone says the blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is going to change EVERYTHING. And yet, after years of tireless effort and billions of dollars invested, nobody has actually come up with a use for the blockchain—besides currency speculation and illegal transactions.

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