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Volume VIII, Number
Americans have a genius for the artful dodge, but also an infallible willingness to play the fool.
Playing ill or feigning madness has been a con for hundreds of years. But can a fake sickness become a real sickness?
False claims and shady real estate.
Vladimir Nabokov referred to Thomas Mann once as a “quack” and to Ezra Pound as “that total fake.”
Voices In Time
The day itself is a deception.More
Oscar Wilde loves a fib. More
Charts & Graphs
Scientific hoaxes throughout time.
Honesty, for me, is usually the worst policy imaginable.
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By Alexis Coe
The first successful use of the insanity plea was a high-profile murder trial that riveted antebellum America. More
An eleven-year-old jazz prodigy hits New York.
A young Mozart sees what Italy has to offer.
The Pulitzer Prize–winning historian speaks with Lewis Lapham about her latest book, The Bully Pulpit.
Our fourth annual gala is a celebration of the revolutionary 1780s.