Sound Smart, Read These: The Secrets of Happiness, Chinese Politics and the Urban Middle Class, Revealed

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05/15/2009 3:42 PM |

“The Border of Fallen Bodies”, a story by Don DeLillo.

“The [Harvard Study of Adult Development] is one of the longest-running — and probably the most exhaustive — longitudinal studies of mental and physical well-being in history. Begun in 1937 as a study of healthy, well-adjusted Harvard sophomores (all male), it has followed its subjects for more than 70 years.”

Coming soon: the secret memoirs, composed under house arrest, by Zhao Ziyang, former chief of the Chinese Communist Party, who was ousted for his moderate stance on the Tiananmen Square protestors, and may have been responsible for many of the market reforms credited to the venerated Deng Xiaoping.

Youngish families moving to bigger, less glamorous outer-borough homes may revive a dying species: the urban middle class.

In the New York Review of Books, Deborah Eisenberg offers the fullest consideration we’ve yet seen of Wells Tower’s Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned.

From the Harper’s archive: “Would Eleanor Roosevelt do a straight commercial for a margarine account for quite a lot of money?” Yes, as it turns out.