March 22, 2016 | Journalism is in perpetual crisis. But a savior has emerged. It's called sponsored content, and it's surreal... more »


March 21, 2016 | Hilary Putnam, dead at 89, led a life of reason and argument. He was a thinker of breadth. “Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs in one”... more »


March 19, 2016 | Jan Gross forced Poland to reckon with its complicity in the Holocaust. Now an effort is underway to undermine the historian and sanitize the past... more »


March 18, 2016 | How a cocky amateur violinist became a professional thief. The tale of the stolen Stradivarius has to do with the wall between one’s past and one’s present... more »


March 17, 2016 | Far from helpless, young Emily Dickinson bombarded the world with her poems. As Camille Paglia puts it, "The brutality of this belle of Amherst would stop a truck"... more »


March 16, 2016 | The riddle of the modern economy is not that overworked professionals are miserable. It's that they are not. When did work become a refuge?... more »


March 15, 2016 | Does writer's block exist? Yes. And while blocked writers are blocked in their own ways, the remedy is the same: Think of something ludicrous... more »


March 14, 2016 | The meaning of death. Diogenes wanted his body left outside for the animals. His request still shocks. Why?... more »


March 12, 2016 | Whether "idiot optimist" or "art in every sense," Mickey Mouse, at 90, is American cinema's most durable icon... more »


March 11, 2016 | Never fear: Earbuds are not atomizing society, isolating individuals even in a crowd. Musical experiences are inherently social, even when you listen alone... more »


March 10, 2016 | 1,885 paintings, 1,228 sculptures, 7,089 drawings, 30,000 prints, 150 sketchbooks, 3,222 ceramic works: That's what Picasso left behind. Then there are the fakes... more »


March 9, 2016 | The idea that willpower is a finite resource, a muscle that can be exercised to exhaustion, is a staple of psychology. It also might be bogus... more »


March 8, 2016 | How have M.F.A. programs affected the novel? Besides an increase in words like “lawns,” “stomachs,” and “wrists,” the answer seems to be: Not at all... more »


March 7, 2016 | Saint Bartholomew was the most hideously tormented of the apostles. No wonder artists like Michelangelo identified with him... more »


March 5, 2016 | If human consciousness could be uploaded into digital form, soon we'd have a box of a trillion virtual souls. This is the sort of scenario that preoccupies Stephen Wolfram... more »


March 4, 2016 | Critics have long said that the life of Langston Hughes – not his poetry – is his true legacy. Time to put that notion to rest... more »


March 3, 2016 | "Never forget" is one of humanity’s highest moral obligations, an unassailable piety of our age. But what we need is more forgetting... more »


March 2, 2016 | Despite his success, Umberto Eco remained down-to-earth, not remotely narcissistic. He was no pompous master of thought, no Italian Jacques Lacan... more »


March 1, 2016 | What constitutes a swear word? Why doesn't it function like other words? The answer requires distinguishing it from a slur... more »


Feb. 29, 2016 | George Orwell died alone. But in his last days he was visited by friends, some dating back to his days at Eton. Many had ties to the CIA... more »


Feb. 27, 2016 | How to write a manifesto. You may disagree with the message of the 1909 “Manifesto of Futurism,” but rhetorically it’s an exemplar of its medium... more »


Feb. 26, 2016 | Against academic pomposity. Peter Dreier, a left-wing academic, is fed up with the abstract theorizing and impenetrable prose of left-wing academics... more »


Feb. 25, 2016 | Umberto Eco was a semiologist, anthropologist, literary critic, publisher, novelist – but above all, a historian railing against modernism... more »


Feb. 24, 2016 | In the clubby world of New York publishing, much has changed since Alfred Knopf published Thomas Mann. But there are constants: ego, insecurity, irrational exuberance... more »


Feb. 23, 2016 | What we eat and why are as much psychological phenomena as physical ones. Digesting the great conundrum of body, brain, nutrition, taste, and flavor... more »


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