April 17, 2017 | In 1961, a B-list Hollywood figure sought out J.D. Salinger to secure film rights to Catcher in the Rye. Their encounter reads like a "one-act play bound for the theater of the absurd"... more »

April 15, 2017 | Conrad Aiken’s poetry is often dismissed as literary “navel-gazing.” But consider his sense of grandeur: His tombstone read “Cosmos Mariner — Destination Unknown”... more »

April 14, 2017 | During World War I, the grim task of ferrying the wounded from the front to the hospital often fell to volunteers — an experience that altered literary history... more »

April 13, 2017 | Arthur Balfour was not a great prime minister of Britain, but he was a serious philosopher. Intellectual politicians, once common, now are nonexistent... more »

April 12, 2017 | The art of dream interpretation was long dominated by religious approaches. Then came the rationalists, philosophers, poets, and psychologists... more »

April 11, 2017 | “Artists are always being lectured on their moral duty,” says Margaret Atwood, but don’t count on their fortitude. “The pen is mightier than the sword, but only in retrospect”... more »

April 10, 2017 | Expertise is everywhere under attack, a reality that's stirred moral panic. Why? Because the flip side of faith in expertise is a belief that the public is incompetent... more »

April 8, 2017 | In Robert Lowell’s day, men didn’t talk about their feelings much. People in general didn’t talk about mental illness. He talked about both... more »

April 7, 2017 | The market value and reputation of the art world's enfant terrible Damien Hirst have sunk. A new work, involving a shipwreck, will try to raise them... more »

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 »

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