Aug. 10, 2020 | Bernard Bailyn, the scholar who overturned our understanding of the American Revolution, is dead at 97... more »


Aug. 8, 2020 | There’s a lot you don’t know when you see a painting online. Can that sense of unknowing become part of the truth of the experience?... more »


Aug. 7, 2020 | Britain boasts a history of theater criticism that goes back to Hazlitt and Shaw. That 200-year tradition is at risk of coming to an end... more »


Aug. 6, 2020 | The socially distant art gallery: "A space of relaxation, leisure and education has become one of intense moral precarity"... more »


Aug. 5, 2020 | It’s time to end “the tyranny of words,” say some scientists, calling for brain-to-brain-interface technology. Not so fast... more »


Aug. 4, 2020 | Gayl Jones was a prodigy, hailed by Baldwin and Updike. Now she’s the best American novelist whose name you may not know... more »


Aug. 3, 2020 | Asked how she ended up with men as different as Pablo Picasso and Jonas Salk, Françoise Gilot replied: “Lions mate with lions”... more »


Aug. 1, 2020 | How do people feel when their world is falling apart? How do they salvage their lives? What do they cling to?... more »


Aug. 1, 2020 | How do people feel when their world is falling apart? How do they salvage their lives? What do they cling to?... more »


July 31, 2020 | R.A. Fisher's eminence as a scientist is beyond doubt. So is the fact that he was a racist. How should the University of Cambridge remember him?... more »


July 30, 2020 | Derek Walcott’s New Yorks. His were the off-Broadway scene of the '50s, the Shakespeare Festival in the ’70s, the West Village of the '90s... more »


July 29, 2020 | The poet Fernando Pessoa published little, and usually under other names. Only after his death did the scope of his genius become clear... more »


July 28, 2020 | Kafka and Nabokov gave great literary weight to the land-line telephone. Will mobile phones ever provide as much drama?... more »


July 27, 2020 | How to be an emperor. Often portrayed as hedonistic dilettantes or paper-pushing bureaucrats, the rulers of ancient Rome were in reality something else... more »


July 25, 2020 | A new magazine? In this economy? Inque isn’t like other magazines — for starters, it’ll have only one issue per year... more »


July 24, 2020 | The Letter, a post-mortem. Rarely has a open letter so riled intellectuals. Why are the cynics scoffing, and what did the authors think was gonna happen?... more »


July 23, 2020 | Infidelity, bullying, callousness, malice — Dickens’s demons were not secret. In his fiction, they appear in plain sight... more »


July 22, 2020 | Aristotle defended slavery, Kant and Hume were racists, Wittgenstein was sexist. Is it possible to set aside those positions? Is it wise? Depends on the philosopher... more »


July 21, 2020 | The neuroscience of nostalgia. How can we miss things we’ve never experienced firsthand? Science offers a clue... more »


July 20, 2020 | With her best-selling book and antiracism training sessions, Robin DiAngelo has illuminated the notion of white fragility. But what, exactly, is that changing?... more »


July 18, 2020 | Paperback writers. How Carr, Hobsbawm, Taylor, and Trevor-Roper became the first generation of British historians who wrote for a large, mainstream audience... more »


July 17, 2020 | Almost from the time Wuthering Heights was published, a vocal minority has argued that Emily Brontë can't be the true author. Now that theory has been tested... more »


July 16, 2020 | Against open letters. They are badly written. They are open to doubt. They aren't necessary. They look cowardly. They are contagious... more »


July 15, 2020 | Scientists are trained to be precise and clinical. But emotions — especially the feeling of awe — are at the heart of what they do... more »


July 14, 2020 | Silicon Valley “rationalists” have erupted at The New York Times in a debate over anonymity. Cue the conspiracy theories and irrational thinking... more »


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