Aug. 17, 2017 | How writers write. For Kingsley Amis, it was simply about applying the seat of his pants to the seat of his chair... more »

Aug. 16, 2017 | Michiko Kakutani– feared, respected, mercurial – is stepping away from her role at The Times. Is this the dawn of a new age of book reviewing?... more »

Aug. 15, 2017 | He was reckless and inept, bilked his rich and hopeless clients, slept with his sister-in-law, molested his younger sister. Was this the real Sigmund Freud?... more »

Aug. 14, 2017 | Americans like to think of their colleges as venues for the free exchange of ideas. But campuses have never consistently welcomed unorthodox views... more »

Aug. 12, 2017 | The 19th-century Faithist community of Shalam had bold plans for expansion. But a problem loomed: amateur metaphysicians had little aptitude for physical labor... more »

Aug. 11, 2017 | Dmitry Bykov’s work has baffled non-Russian-speaking critics. But understanding the author of “How Putin Became President of the USA,” among other fairy tales, is worth the effort... more »

Aug. 10, 2017 | In the mid-1970s, Marcel Ophuls began work on a documentary about how people look away from or justify or deny what is done in their name. The film disappeared, until now... more »

Aug. 9, 2017 | Previously unknown drawings, letters, and poems by Sylvia Plath have been discovered. Where's the novel she was working on when she died?... more »

Aug. 8, 2017 | Robert Louis Stevenson spent his last five years in Samoa, where the locals couldn't comprehend how he earned his living as a writer... more »

Aug. 7, 2017 | E.H. Carr is best known for being consistently and egregiously wrong. But his treatment of historical change endures as a bulwark against despair... more »

Aug. 5, 2017 | When a tuberculosis epidemic resulted in a glut of X-rays, it became an opportunity to subvert Soviet censorship of music... more »

Aug. 4, 2017 | Good news: You have a contract to publish your book. Bad news: The deadline was 30 years ago... more »

Aug. 3, 2017 | David Gelernter predicted that the internet would become an excellent environment for thinking. He was wrong... more »

Aug. 2, 2017 | Claude Shannon was a poet, juggler, unicyclist, machinist, futurist, and gambler who wrote “the Magna Carta of the Information Age”... more »

Aug. 1, 2017 | Music as mental exercise. The pianist Mal Waldron did more than gig with Billie Holiday, Allen Ginsberg, and Lenny Bruce. He cultivated an analytical style... more »

July 31, 2017 | Paul Fussell radiated curmudgeonly intelligence about Orwell, nude beaches, the Indianapolis 500, and his great topic: class in America... more »

July 29, 2017 | A book can change the world. Can a book review? In 1967, Norman Mailer reviewed a memoir by his friend Norman Podhoretz. American politics has never quite been the same... more »

July 28, 2017 | Richard Rorty thought of himself as an American philosopher. American philosophers saw him as a European intellectual, and his philosophy as a betrayal. It wasn't... more »

July 27, 2017 | Disturbed by the state of the world, W.S. Merwin turned to environmentalism. He cultivated a garden composted with manuscripts that other poets had sent him... more »

July 26, 2017 | The tradition of Kant, Hegel, and Habermas has given way to slick performers. Is German philosophy exchanging profundity for popularity?... more »

July 25, 2017 | After Rosencrantz and Guildenstern humiliated Tom Stoppard, the play took off. Asked what it was really about, he said, “It’s about to make me very rich”... more »

July 24, 2017 | Le Monde diplo v. Bernard-Henri Lévy. The monthly releases a "dossier" portraying him as a mafia-type oligarch. BHL responds... more »

July 22, 2017 | Leonardo and Michelangelo were driven and difficult, which is central to their modern appeal. The less mercurial Raphael is more admired than loved... more »

July 21, 2017 | A new history of the right is red meat for the left. Critics have tried to dismantle the book, footnote by footnote. Has anyone actually read it?... more »

July 20, 2017 | Gene editing threatens to homogenize society, says Atul Gawande. Aberrant yet valuable characteristics are under threat. Think of George Church's narcolepsy... more »

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