Feb. 6, 2017 | Jane Jacobs was a writer of caustic, lucid, vigorous prose, and an activist with a slippery political orientation... more »


Feb. 4, 2017 | Can polyamorous relationships be made boring and respectable? Carrie Jenkins makes a philosophical case for multiple loves... more »


Feb. 3, 2017 | Think tanks are modern, but they can be traced to the humanist academies of the 17th century. They've always been caught between political interests and the common good... more »


Feb. 2, 2017 | Descent of a discipline. Once philosophers appeared on TV and guided heads of state. Now they write journal articles for one another... more »


Feb. 1, 2017 | Herbert Hoover and his wife translated a 16th-century text on the “nature of subterranean things.” Inside a strange saga of politics and philosophy... more »


Jan. 31, 2017 | Daniel Kahneman likened his relationship with Amos Tversky to a marriage. It was among the most successful marriage of minds in academic history. Here's how it broke up ... more »


Jan. 30, 2017 | Poets write honestly about everything. Everything except money -- and their lack of it. What explains the taboo?... more »


Jan. 28, 2017 | Camus and Sartre smoked together, womanized together, talked shop. Newspapers covered their every move. They were inseparable. Then Sartre read The Rebel... more »


Jan. 27, 2017 | Book collecting is many things: evidence of cultural refinement, humblebrag about one’s intellectual ambition, symptom of hoarding. But sexiness?... more »


Jan. 26, 2017 | Three pipes in the morning, four in the afternoon, three more in the evening. After the death of a friend, Jean Cocteau turned to opium... more »


Jan. 25, 2017 | America has always been in love with Shakespeare. But it’s a complicated affair. He's a figure of unusual reverence, but also vexation... more »


Jan. 24, 2017 | Freud’s founding circle had 13 members. Only one was gentile. Almost all of their patients were Jewish as well. How to explain the Jewish predilection for psychoanalysis?... more »


Jan. 23, 2017 | “I am ill & cannot help. Forgive. So go ahead without me.” With that, Samuel Beckett, committed to correspondence yet overwhelmed by his epistolary duties, signed off... more »


Jan. 21, 2017 | Re-examining the Belle of Amherst. Emily Dickinson was allergic to orthodoxy, a resister of rules, and, in the parlance of Mount Holyoke, a “No-Hoper”... more »


Jan. 20, 2017 | A grandfather clock the size of a stick of chewing gum, a Giacometti-style bronze in the palm of your hand. Inside the strange aesthetics of miniatures... more »


Jan. 19, 2017 | Some of our most important thoughts, feelings, and experiences are inexpressible. But can we know something if we can’t articulate it?... more »


Jan. 18, 2017 | The man who said he built a robot. Houdini was a magician, and a pilot, inventor, historian, and master of collusion as well... more »


Jan. 17, 2017 | Looking for the self in self-help. Self-mastery is an illusion. We do not make ourselves, and we cannot validate ourselves... more »


Jan. 16, 2017 | Good writers toil without regard for money. The literary economy runs on love, not avarice. That common view, which stretches back millennia, has never been true... more »


Jan. 14, 2017 | Is it tenable to celebrate the rise of identity politics in the university while deriding leftist critical theory? Richard Rorty thought so... more »


Jan. 13, 2017 | In the Middle Ages, human flesh (especially the thigh and the upper arm) was occasionally considered an exotic delicacy. What can cannibalism teach us about culture?... more »


Jan. 12, 2017 | When Plimpton met Papa in Cuba. In the course of a Paris Review interview, there were executions observed, boxing, drinking, and CIA meddling... more »


Jan. 11, 2017 | This is how the characteristics of an obscure Amazonian language set off an academic feud that shows no sign of letting up... more »


Jan. 10, 2017 | It can be hard to remember that philosophical work still gets done outside of seminar rooms and academic journals. Mark Greif reminds us... more »


Jan. 9, 2017 | Derek Parfit was a philosopher of unusual novelty and insight. His gift rested on his indifference to individuals, relationships, and institutions... more »


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