Feb. 7, 2017 | "Tell me what you like,” said John Ruskin, “and I’ll tell you what you are.” Such was the spell he cast, people of culture didn't know what to think until he told them... more »

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 »

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