April 6, 2017 | From Soviet verse to spontaneous hoedowns. Clad in Cossack garb, Yevgeny Yevtushenko developed a passion for cowboy poetry in Oklahoma... more »

April 5, 2017 | In some cultures, shyness is a virtue, a sign of refinement. But it befuddled Darwin, who didn't see any benefit to our species... more »

April 4, 2017 | Think of a big, popular history book written by a woman other than Mary Beard. How to explain this persistent gender disparity? A few theories... more »

April 3, 2017 | The story of behavioral science making the world a better place one nudge at a time is ubiquitous. But the same techniques can be used for deception and manipulation... more »

April 1, 2017 | Derek Parfit was born brilliant. But he took unusual care to scrub his life of anything that could distract from his work ... more »

March 31, 2017 | Why should there be only one reality? The question drove Julio Cortázar to think of accepting the normalcy of everyday life as a painful bit of stupidity... more »

March 30, 2017 | Need someone to frame a house, glaze a window, build a fence, plow a field, butcher a hen, call a square dance, explain your soul? Daniel Dennett is your man... more »

March 29, 2017 | We live in an age of offense. Never has outrage enjoyed more legitimacy or been more a marker of moral status ... more »

March 28, 2017 | “The boy socialist of Oakland.” At 20, Jack London spent his time on soapboxes condemning capitalism. How did his political philosophy shape his fiction?... more »

March 27, 2017 | Hemingway, fed up with his Italian publisher, Einaudi, left for its arch-rival, Mondadori. So what was he up to, a few years later, when he acquired stock in Einaudi?... more »

March 25, 2017 | Even Miltonists know that almost no one reads Paradise Lost anymore. But Wordsworth is still right: “Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour”... more »

March 24, 2017 | Struggling with scholasticism and overloaded with internal issues, philosophy has turned away from the real world. To rediscover its relevance, it needs to be rebooted... more »

March 23, 2017 | What made Marianne Moore’s poetry modern? Her patriotism, feminism, morality, and queer-family experience. Along with her participation in a cultural genocide... more »

March 22, 2017 | The condition is creeping rather than acute, and it manifests itself variously. "Reader's block,” as Geoff Dyer calls it, defines the cultural climate... more »

March 21, 2017 | Robert Silvers, who described editors as middlemen and cautioned against taking credit away from writers, is dead. The founding editor of The New York Review of Books was 87... Laura Marsh... Adam Gopnik... Mary Beard... Hillel Italie... Cass Sunstein... Louis Menand... NYRB... Ian Buruma... ChinaFile... n+1... Andrew O’Hagan... John Banville... Daniel Mendelsohn... Alexandra Schwartz... Adam Thirlwell... Thomas Meaney... Phillip Lopate... more NYRB... more »

March 20, 2017 | Now 87, Norman Podhoretz has outlived his friends and adversaries. His body is slowing, but his ego is strong.  “I’m not famous for my modesty, whether false or otherwise”... more »

March 18, 2017 | How a little circle of Southern California Straussians became the intellectual hub of Trumpism. Meet the Claremonsters... more »

March 17, 2017 | What kind of writer would Jane Austen have gone on to be had she lived beyond her early 40s? “Of all great writers," said Virginia Woolf, "she is the most difficult to catch in the act of greatness”... more »

March 16, 2017 | In the 1960s and '70s, Habermas, Rorty, and their generation of philosophers focused almost exclusively on language. A singular exception: Foucault, who matters now more than ever... more »

March 15, 2017 | The life of a literary liar. Clifford Irving is that rare fabulist who is openly grandiose about his determination to put one over on his audience... more »

March 14, 2017 | Not just neurons. Materialism, our most celebrated way of understanding the mind, on closer examination looks woefully inadequate... more »

March 13, 2017 | Slavery and higher education. "I don’t know how you conduct research that shows that your very existence is rooted in a great crime and just say, ‘Well,’ shrug—and maybe at best say, ‘I’m sorry’"... more »

March 11, 2017 | In 1936, a middling novelist went to live among the poor and unemployed in the north of England. He returned as George Orwell, champion of democratic socialism... more »

March 10, 2017 | Catching up with Camille. In the 1990s she showed up at photo shoots with whip and sword. Now she claims to crave anonymity. Still, the cult of Paglia persists... more »

March 9, 2017 | Think of a powerful person. You probably pictured a man. To empower women, a different way of thinking about power is called for. Mary Beard explains... more »

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