March 4, 2021 | Two of the largest U.S. publishers want to merge. How many imprints will fold? How many jobs will be lost? ... more »


March 3, 2021 | Jordan Petersen is rich, famous, and unhappy. His anxiety landed him in a Russian hospital. Now he's back from breakdown  ... more »


March 2, 2021 | Sherry Turkle, MIT’s “one-woman emergency empathy squad,” is a critic of technology amid its evangelists...more... more »


March 1, 2021 | The tragic legacy of “comfort women” has divided South Korea and Japan for decades. Enter the dubious claims of a Harvard law professor  ... more »


Feb. 27, 2021 | Parul Sehgal read 125 years of writing in The New York Times Book Review. She found mostly a dearth of style and a failure of criticism... more »


Feb. 26, 2021 | The book blurb requires too much work and induces too much guilt. As Viet Thanh Nguyen says, “Kill it. Bury it. Dance on its grave.”... more »


Feb. 25, 2021 | What happens when race, class, and power collide at an elite liberal-arts college? No one emerges unscathed  ... more »


Feb. 24, 2021 | No human invention has destroyed the civilization that invented it. We haven't been careful or wise — just lucky  ... more »


Feb. 23, 2021 | Two bookshelves, all but identical in appearance and construction, exemplify two radically different ideas about politics and design... more »


Feb. 22, 2021 | Unearthing Caligula's pleasure garden. Was he assassinated because he was a monster, or was he made into a monster because he was assassinated? ... more »


Feb. 20, 2021 | How to write, according to Martin Amis: No fancy syntax; use line breaks liberally; be original; see things with a poet’s eye... more »


Feb. 19, 2021 | Psychosis and dissociation were key mechanisms for Surrealist artists. Down with Western logic! they cried. Long live paranoia!... more »


Feb. 18, 2021 | What is the cultural sway of magazines when there are 20-year-old TikTok influencers with many more subscribers than Time?  ... more »


Feb. 17, 2021 | In Victorian times, one sat erect in polite society. Enter the scandalous American rocking chair — a “lazy and ungraceful indulgence”... more »


Feb. 16, 2021 | Classics is beholden to a traditional, triumphalist, “Western civ” model. If the field doesn’t change, it doesn’t deserve to survive  ... more »


Feb. 15, 2021 | Computers can’t understand a haiku or conjure a fairytale. They can't grasp literature at all. And they never will. Here's proof   ... more »


Feb. 13, 2021 | Seth Abramson's books promise "proof" of Trumpian misdeeds. In reality, they are incoherent summaries of other people's reporting  ... more »


Feb. 12, 2021 | There is “a new kind of marginalized literature: literature that does not serve the didactic purposes of the postcolonial survey course”  ... more »


Feb. 11, 2021 | Reading Heidegger in Beijing. He's a rock star in academic circles there. But kindly ignore the corruptive impact of a bad regime on a great thinker  ... more »


Feb. 10, 2021 | Do "woke" American ideas on race, gender, and post-colonialism really pose an existential threat to France?... more »


Feb. 9, 2021 | When Charles Darwin met Harriet Martineau, she enjoyed a level of influence he could not imagine. And she challenged his dim view of women   ... more »


Feb. 8, 2021 | Cassandra of the internet age: As far back as the mid-'80s, Michael Goldhaber was worried about the attention economy. ... more »


Feb. 6, 2021 | Juliet did not say "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore [is he] Romeo?" So why do so many people deface quotes with brackets? ... more »


Feb. 5, 2021 | How Mary-Kay Wilmers refashioned the London Review of Books in her image: literary and eccentric... more »


Feb. 4, 2021 | The book pirates of 18th-century France devised a strategy: Republish works by Voltaire. It was “an enterprise of solid gold”... more »


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