June 5, 2018 | Yukio Mishima’s Sun and Steel is a minor work, but a major one in the bizarro universe of white-supremacist arts and letters... more »

June 4, 2018 | Georges Borchardt spent his childhood fleeing Nazis. For the next seven decades, he toiled in the book business. "Did I know I was an agent? Of course not. I really didn’t know what that was”... more »

June 2, 2018 | At the turn of the 20th century, the dream of motion transfixed Monet. He rushed from canvas to canvas as if from scene to scene, in effect a motion picture... more »

June 1, 2018 | Aristotle’s ethics of virtue offers a flexible philosophy for the 21st century. Yet few people read him today. The problem: his academese... more »

May 31, 2018 | It was “dreadful,” a “Potemkin city,” a “social hell.” Why did the great artists of fin de siècle Vienna hate their own city so much?... more »

May 30, 2018 | Jürgen Habermas, 88, is still working and increasingly worried. The infrastructure that has maintained intellectual life is no longer intact... more »

May 29, 2018 | Stig Abell, a sports-loving, Guns N' Roses-listening veteran of the British tabloids, attends no book parties and has no literary relationships. How did he become editor of the TLS?... more »

May 28, 2018 | Tom Wolfe was the great statustician, exposing the pretensions, hypocrisies, fraudulence, and anxieties of others. He was ruthless to sad social climbers and intellectuals alike... more »

May 26, 2018 | When great thinkers feared beans. Pythagoras thought fava beans contained the souls of the dead — an idea that had surprising currency in the ancient world... more »

May 25, 2018 | Aesthetically empty and running on a broken business model, art fairs are bad for art. Jerry Saltz on the menacing art-fair industrial complex ... more »

May 24, 2018 | Philip Roth, master chronicler of the American berserk, is dead. He was 85... Zadie Smith... Paul Berman... Dwight Garner... Stephen Metcalf... Nathan Englander... Talia Lavin... James Wood... Bernard Henri-Levy... Sam Lipsyte... Roger Cohen... Ron Charles... Marc Weitzmann... Nicole Krauss... Wash Post...Guardian... The Forward... The New Yorker... David Marcus... Elizabeth Pochoda... Marco Roth... more »

May 23, 2018 | A star of book publishing, Peter Mayer was known for his charm, his temper, his savvy, and his smoking. An appreciation... more »

May 22, 2018 | “I’m the kind of writer that doesn’t know jack shit about anything,” says Stephen King. That might not put you off The Stand, but what about his poetry?... more »

May 21, 2018 | No one questions Oscar Hammerstein’s historical significance. But what explains the gap between his popularity and the middling esteem in which he is held by critics?... more »

May 19, 2018 | In 1985, a pilot program called Mozart-in-the-Parking-Lot discovered something surprising: You can fight crime with orchestral music... more »

May 18, 2018 | Precious and lilting, odd and interminable pauses, hanging in the air like "a thick cloud of oratorial perfume." What, exactly, is Poet Voice?... more »

May 17, 2018 | Tom Wolfe, journalist, novelist, contrarian, man of many verbal tics and white suits, is dead. He was 88... Louis Menand... Dwight Garner... Kurt Anderson.... Laura Miller... The Paris Review... Christian Lorentzen... Paul Elie... Graeme Wood... Christopher Bonanos... Elon Green... Adam Gopnik... Ron Charles... more »

May 16, 2018 | Useful in crime-scene investigations since China’s Qin dynasty, fingerprinting confounded Darwin and absolved Picasso. Where, exactly, does the technique come from?... more »

May 15, 2018 | When the Times called to tell Alice Dreger that she's part of a powerful alliance — the "intellectual dark web" — she laughed. Then she got worried... more »

May 14, 2018 | How many spaces — one or two — to leave after a period at the end of a sentence? The question is a matter of reading comprehension, yes, but also decency... more »

May 12, 2018 | For Plato, uprightness made us human; for Kant, people were inherently bent; Hegel worried about stiffness. Why does posture attract such philosophical attention?... more »

May 11, 2018 | Beware the autodidact's curse! You’ve read everything on a topic but haven’t spoken with anyone. You might be missing things, says Bryan Caplan... more »

May 10, 2018 | Joyce’s Dublin, Dos Passos’ New York, Woolf’s London, Proust’s Paris, Kafka’s Prague: How writers don't merely describe a city but reconstruct it... more »

May 9, 2018 | Every generation of intellectuals finds a way of coming to terms with the limits of its agency. Consider Joseph Brodsky's doctrine of passive resistance... more »

May 8, 2018 | Julia Kristeva's alleged collaboration with the Bulgarian secret police is unfortunate but understandable. Her other political errors are not... more »

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