Articles of Note

From 1944 to 1947, Jean-Paul Sartre was pre-eminent among French intellectuals. Why were so many people drawn to him? What was the appeal of existentialism?... more »

New Books

Against everything. In a time of abundance, we impose artificial scarcity. Why? Mark Greif unpacks our elaborate restrictions on food, exercise, sex... more »

Essays & Opinions

Epidemics of political insanity are unique: Islamists are distinct from Maoists. But they're united by an iconography and an attraction to dogmatism and violence... more »