In this week's New Yorker, I write about Harvard and a controversial new kind of online course. If everything goes as planned, "MOOCs" will change what goes on in college and grad school--not just for some people but system-wide--within the next few years. They'll affect teaching, tuitions, and the future of the academic job market.
In this week's New Yorker, I wrote about TED Talks, their astonishing success, West Coast irony, and sunflowers vs. bougainvillea. Here's an accompanying post, on the New Yorker's Web site, about five TED talks you shouldn't miss.
In this week's New Yorker ("The Money Issue"), I try to figure out why San Francisco is suddenly the most powerful city in the country, why its wave of startupism might be reaching your town soon, and what that really means.