Weekend Wisdom – The Secret Struggles of the Rich and Famous

Abraham Lincoln was depressed. So was Marilyn Monroe, whose glitzy lifestyle hid her painful struggle with borderline personality disorder. And Charles Darwin, who suffered from anxiety, was chronically ill when he traveled to develop his theory of evolution. In ANDY WARHOL WAS A HOARDER, Claudia Kalb examines the lives of prominent historical figures for signs that they […]

The Cult of Musk

Richard Branson crosses oceans in hot-air balloons. Peter Thiel planned an elaborate conspiracy fronted by Hulk Hogan. Mark Zuckerberg has a profoundly strange haircut. But even by the standards set by other billionaires, Elon Musk stands out as eccentric. With his own fan club (the Musketeers) and a dream to die on Mars, Musk frequently […]

How a Teenager Disrupted his African Village—and Became a Celebrity Innovator

William Kamkwamba’s fellow villagers worried that he was a malevolent wizard. But the African teen was in fact a talented inventor who taught himself how to build windmills from library books. Up against immense hardship—family tragedy, a hostile government, famine, and catastrophic weather—Kamkwamba found a way to better the lives of everyone in his village. […]

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