Articles of Note

Paris is "the world capital of contradictions," says Luc Sante. It’s a city of lovers and muggers, writers, thieves, painters, drunks, and revolutionaries... more »

New Books

The greatest crime in literary history was the destruction of Byron’s memoir. What was in it: Domestic abuse? Sodomy? Incest? Probably all three... more »

Essays & Opinions

We love trivia, quiz shows, picking up strange tidbits of knowledge. Why? “The world is the totality of facts, not of things,” wrote Wittgenstein ... more »