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Plagiarists or innovators? The Led Zeppelin paradox endures

Robert Plant, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, performs in Hamburg, Germany in 1973. Heinrich Klaffs, CC BY-NC-SA Fifty years ago – in September 1968 – the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin first performed together,…

Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?

Jules Salles-Wagner’s 1898 painting ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Wikimedia Commons For a lecture course I teach at Brown University called “Love Stories,” we begin at the beginning, with love at first sight. To its detractors, love…

Teaching V.S. Naipaul in the Caribbean

Like everyone else in the world, people on the twin-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago learned on Aug. 11 that Trinidad-born Sir Vidia Naipaul – better known as V.S. Naipaul – had died. While…

The lies we tell on dating apps to find love

The lies most people tell on dating apps do serve a purpose. Dado Photos Nearly one-fourth of young adults are looking for love through dating websites or apps. This relatively new form of courtship can…

Why it matters that teens are reading less

SAT reading scores in 2016 were the lowest they’ve ever been. Aha-Soft/Shutterstock.com Most of us spend much more time with digital media than we did a decade ago. But today’s teens have come of age…