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 »


March 8, 2017 | What do artists do, mostly? They tweak what they've already done. George Saunders finds it helpful to imagine a meter on his forehead... more »


March 7, 2017 | Kafka spent most of his nights alone, embracing asceticism and avoiding social obligations. But it was love that shaped the end of his life... more »


March 6, 2017 | Anthony Burgess began writing because he thought he had a year to live and wanted to make money for his widow-to-be. He didn't die and couldn't find a job, so he kept on writing... more »


March 4, 2017 | Eat like a 16th-century pope. Delicacies included monkey brain, parrot tongue, and Turkish fish. Silverware was tossed out the window after each course... more »


March 3, 2017 | Shyness is both common and mysterious. Is it a mere feeling? A chronic condition? A form of anxiety? It’s certainly misunderstood... more »


March 2, 2017 | Shakespeare's language tics — “gentle,” “answer,” “beseech,” “tonight” — reveal the sometimes vague line between authorship and influence among Elizabethan playwrights... more »


March 1, 2017 | Is writing about the arts self-indulgent in a time of political upheaval? No. Cultural criticism is a community service... more »


Feb. 28, 2017 | Britain's political establishment is self-confident, intellectually flexible, and increasingly out of favor. Is the problem that its pillars all have the same degree from Oxford?... more »


Feb. 27, 2017 | The idea of willpower has an intuitive hold on our imaginations, rooted in social attitudes and philosophical speculation — not science ... more »


Feb. 25, 2017 | Andy Warhol, dead 30 years, anticipated our times. He celebrated commercialism, celebrity, and had an opinion of Donald Trump: "I think Trump's sort of cheap"... more »


Feb. 24, 2017 | Robert Lowell’s herculean strength of character. After each of 16 shame-filled, soul-killing episodes of insanity, he sought to re-establish his life... more »


Feb. 23, 2017 | We are “unique, irreplaceable" says the humanist. We contain multitudes, says the scientist — bounded by the narrow confines of our skulls... more »


Feb. 22, 2017 | The idea of intelligence has justified slavery, oppression, eugenics. No wonder the prospect of artificial intelligence fills us with dread... more »


Feb. 21, 2017 | How to stage a ballet in Soviet Russia. Avoid not only technical kinks but also ideological defects, which Sergei Prokofiev was unable -- or unwilling -- to do... more »


Feb. 20, 2017 | Veneration of Shakespeare blinds us to the brilliance of other writers, to the other ways a play can and should be. The case against Shakespeare as a lone genius... more »


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