Oct. 15, 2016 | Talking with the painter, writer, critic, and TV-and-film visionary John Berger is strenuous. He suffers neither bullshit nor idle conversation... more »

Oct. 14, 2016 | What constitutes style for a literary critic? The oscillation between mastery and accident, artifice and character. Consider the work of Elizabeth Hardwick... more »

Oct. 13, 2016 | Sex and seduction in Grantchester. For the poet Rupert Brooke and his neo-pagan friends, summer was for swimming naked, canoeing, and reading Milton... more »

Oct. 12, 2016 | One era’s aesthetic is the next era's eyesore. So it went with Brutalism — until now. Does this wave of revival architecture get it right?... more »

Oct. 11, 2016 | Auden called him “the best English novelist alive”; Partisan Review called him “a terrorist of language.” Meet the shadowy Henry Green... more »

Oct. 10, 2016 |  In praise of Ben Jonson. The failed actor, scurrilous and bawdy, had a penchant for publicity stunts but the soul of a poet... more »

Oct. 8, 2016 | “These throw no light on my work,” said Samuel Beckett of his letters. Ah, but they do. For one thing, he was miserably busy.... more »

Oct. 7, 2016 | The “whitening” of rock ’n’ roll. Tracing the genre from Lennon to Springsteen to the Rolling Stones shows that race is key to its ideology of authenticity... more »

Oct. 6, 2016 | Hope amid cynicism, sickness, and death. Kierkegaard renounced worldly pleasures, like trips to the countryside and even marriage. But his vision wasn’t entirely pessimistic... more »

Oct. 5, 2016 | The curious history of Esperanto. The universal language, created by a Polish-Jewish eyeglass-maker, is returning to the roots it fought to transcend... more »

Oct. 4, 2016 | We repeatedly “discover” Heidegger’s Nazism. Philosophers wrote books, Nazis burned books; he did both. Why does this tension cause us such unease?... more »

Oct. 3, 2016 | “I’d like to be thought of as just another rookie,” George Plimpton told the Detroit Lions. Does his participatory sportswriting still hold up?... more »

Oct. 1, 2016 | Paper trail. A recent glut of works examine the history of the book. Clearly we’re anticipating nostalgia for the book format... more »

Sept. 30, 2016 | Those insufferable men. For the French novelist Marguerite Duras, love was terrible because men were terrible. Naturally, she did her finest writing while single... more »

Sept. 29, 2016 | Mocked in the movie Aladdin, William F. Buckley’s singular style of speaking merits attention. Like his ideas, it was heavily influenced by the Spanish language... more »

Sept. 28, 2016 | In postwar Paris, artists flocked to a squalid alley. There was a single shared toilet and cheap food, but the ideas were priceless... more »

Sept. 27, 2016 | Neither entirely Victorian nor modernist, Henry James sowed the seed of postmodern thought. He would be appalled by what it has become... more »

Sept. 26, 2016 | “Germany awake!” went the Nazi slogan. The country was roused by Hitler and methamphetamine. Pervitin, as the drug was called, was National Socialism in a pill... more »

Sept. 24, 2016 | “The hurricane does not roar in pentameters.” At the heart of The Tempest is a linguistic imperialism that still exists today. ... more »

Sept. 23, 2016 | Most social policy is based on the assumption that people’s motives are primarily selfish. But what if we're more virtuous than we think?... more »

Sept. 22, 2016 | From 1944 to 1947, Jean-Paul Sartre was pre-eminent among French intellectuals. Why were so many people drawn to him? What was the appeal of existentialism?... more »

Sept. 21, 2016 | On creepiness. Clowns, taxidermists, and funeral directors: We think they're odd — but why? Perhaps they pose a threat. Or perhaps they simply transgress the natural order... more »

Sept. 20, 2016 | Charles Murray is pessimistic about the state of American politics: The future belongs to authoritarians of the left and the right... more »

Sept. 19, 2016 | Bemoaning the state of poetry is an American pastime. What explains the discontent? The troubled relationship between poets and their audience... more »

Sept. 17, 2016 | Editing is like alchemy, its careful practice a form of creation. Line by line, word by word — “hansom” or “brougham”?... more »

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