Oct. 21, 2016 | At 69, Marina Abramovic is skinny dipping, creating a holographic avatar, conducting semi-occult brain-wave experiments. Some things never change... more »


Oct. 20, 2016 | Forget J.M.W. Turner the man. He lived only to paint, so the (often sordid) details of his biography are irrelevant, right? Not quite…... more »


Oct. 19, 2016 | Diane Arbus cultivated a bond between subject and photographer. She propositioned strangers -- to take their pictures and to sleep with them... more »


Oct. 18, 2016 | Have intellectuals, focusing on the past, ignored the future? The economist Robin Hanson, who has a few ideas about our robot-dominated destiny, thinks so... more »


Oct. 17, 2016 | Philosophy, which, according to Aristotle, begins in wonder, has embraced pedantry and protocols and office charts. Can it be saved from itself?... more »


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 »


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