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Sadie Stein contemplates textspeak in today’s “New York Times” crossword and, as God is her witness, argues against humble opinions.

With all the hubbub over the polar vortices and the Super Bowl, everyone forgot about Candlemas Day.


On Holland’s legendary tulip bubble, which burst February 3, 1637. Detail from Jan Brueghel the Younger’s Satire on Tulip Mania, 1640

“To be honest, I’ve never had an easy relationship with being a writer, though I persist.” —Peter Gizzi, whose latest book, “In Defense of Nothing,” which will be published in paperback in April, was recently named a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Charlie, Charlie, Are You There?

L0076360 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros. Anno 1057. Noli me tangere. Watercolour c. 1775 Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0