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Wesley Yang

February 18, 2013 | Features
The Life and Afterlife of Aaron Swartz

The precocious coder, hacker visionary, and “pirate” was already a tech legend by the time he’d turned 17. But in the weeks since his suicide last month, at 26, his friends and comrades have tried to turn him into something else—a martyr.

October 24, 2011 | The Book Review
Nasty, Brutish, and Long

Steven Pinker’s new history is vivid on the brutality of premodern life. And blind to the depravity of our own.

September 5, 2011 |
Holding Out

The family for whom the truth is more important than the money.

May 16, 2011 | Features
Paper Tigers

What happens to all the Asian-American overachievers when the test-taking ends?

February 21, 2011 | The Book Review
Indecent Exposure

A survivor tests the boundaries of just how far a memoir of child abuse should go.

December 20, 2010 |
27. Because Last Summer, 60 Pianos Magically Appeared

They expressed, with perfect fidelity, a city’s collective delight at the start of summer.

December 13, 2010 | Encounter
145 Minutes With Nassim Taleb

Shopping for Kafka with the Wall Street oracle turned aphorist and self-described flâneur.

December 13, 2010 | Features
The Terrorist Search Engine

Evan Kohlmann spends his days lurking in the darkest corners of the Internet, where jihadists recruit sympathizers from across the globe. He has testified in over two dozen terrorism trials— and sees danger everywhere he looks. Is he prescient or naïve?

March 15, 2010 | Features
The Liveliest Mind in New York

Tony Judt’s dazzling, cantankerous brain is one of this city’s great treasures. Now, two years into a devastating battle with ALS, it is all he has left.

November 2, 2009 |
A Critical (But Highly Sympathetic) Reading of New Yorkers’ Sexual Habits and Anxieties

So there’s this iPhone app called Grindr. It’s a GPS-enabled social-networking service for gay men. It tells you how many feet away a possible hookup is standing.