Jacob Burak
Writer & Publisher, Alaxon

Jacob Burak is the founder of Alaxon, a digital magazine about culture, art and popular science, where he writes regularly. His latest book is How to Find a Black Cat in a Dark Room (2017). He lives in Tel Aviv.

Written by Jacob Burak

Illustration by Stephen Collins

Essay/
Art
Head to head

Michelangelo and Raphael; Leibniz and Newton; Constable and Turner. Does every creative genius need a bitter rival?

Jacob Burak

Nothing to smile about; Buster Keaton and actress Virginia Fox c. 1920. Photo by Springer Collection/Corbis

Essay/
Cognition and intelligence
Outlook: gloomy

Humans are wired for bad news, angry faces and sad memories. Is this negativity bias useful or something to overcome?

Jacob Burak

In the departure hall of Zaventem airport near Brussels, November 19, 2013. Photo by Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Essay/
Addiction
Escape from the matrix

The fear of missing out haunts our social networks and our real lives alike. But there is a way to break free

Jacob Burak