Oct. 13, 2018 | Kandinsky has long been seen as the father of abstract painting. But Hilma af Klint predated him. Her art was informed by seances — what the spirits said, she did... more »


Oct. 12, 2018 | The New York Intellectuals changed the system, and the system changed them: a story of hollow affirmation, fading honor, and flamboyant decay... more »


Oct. 11, 2018 | William Hazlitt’s style, in the early 19th century, was strikingly modern. So were his challenges as a freelance writer: urgent deadlines and financial struggle... more »


Oct. 10, 2018 | The critic as curmudgeon. Before literary reviewing got so nice, even legendary writers could expect to be savaged, usually by Martin Seymour-Smith... more »


Oct. 9, 2018 | William Dudley Pelley was a novelist and screenwriter. He was also “Chief” of the Silver Shirts, a 15,000-member Nazi-copycat group... more »


Oct. 8, 2018 | A humorless, misogynistic Nazi? Nietzsche does not deserve his bad rap. After all, as Hitler said of him, “He is not my guide”... more »


Oct. 6, 2018 | Vicious infighting, secret identities, a whiff of plagiarism, plenty of money — the world of Instagram poetry is a huckster’s paradise... more »


Oct. 5, 2018 | We have plenty of “information” but not enough wisdom. It is the job of the novelist to turn information — and misinformation — into wisdom... more »


Oct. 4, 2018 | An improbable thesis: At the center of Dickens’s genius was not his prolific output or his public performances or public works, but his knowledge of ravens... more »


Oct. 3, 2018 | After 17 years in the gulag, Varlam Shalamov sought a radically new form of writing. In his bleak work, days churn by and nothing progresses... more »


Oct. 2, 2018 | Only pessimists survived the Holocaust, and Walter Laqueur was one of them. The scholar of seemingly everything is dead, at 97... more »


Oct. 1, 2018 | And now his struggle is ended. After six volumes, an open question about Knausgaard: Is he too self-centered to write of anything but himself?... more »


Sept. 29, 2018 | In 1924, Paul Jordan-Smith founded a one-man art movement: Disumbrationism. It was an elaborate hoax — or was it?... more »


Sept. 28, 2018 | So-called “Instagram museums” claim to reinvent art. But visiting them feels like a masochistic march through an existential void... more »


Sept. 27, 2018 | The making of “Axis Sally.” Her Broadway career stalled, and she found herself broke in Berlin in 1940. An opportunity with Reich Radio beckoned... more »


Sept. 26, 2018 | In 1921, William Faulkner went to work at the post office. He was comically ill-suited for the job. “The damndest postmaster the world has ever seen”... more »


Sept. 25, 2018 | “So sa-a-a-ad that you’re leaving.” With those reviled but revolutionary words, Cher ushered in the era of Auto-Tune... more »


Sept. 24, 2018 | How did a man endowed with unremarkable attributes become the most dangerous person in the world? The odd saga of personality-typing Hitler... more »


Sept. 22, 2018 | The violent Kuhn, the personable Kuhn, Kuhn the careful historian, Kuhn the reckless philosopher: Who's the real Thomas Kuhn?... more »


Sept. 21, 2018 | "A dinosaur of an art form." Opera has never taken root in America. Is it simply too expensive to thrive — or even to survive?... more »


Sept. 20, 2018 | Monologues last for hundreds of pages; sentences repeat with subtle, endless differences; the plot is indescribable. Behold: the world’s least readable book... more »


Sept. 19, 2018 | Tolstoy died an eccentric, self-denying, hypocritical, despised, beloved, myopic visionary. Ever since, people have tried to follow his example... more »


Sept. 18, 2018 | What if you could start a canon from scratch? New York magazine thought it'd be fun to try. Here's what a 21st-century canon might look like... more »


Sept. 17, 2018 | David Streitfeld looks back on David Foster Wallace, who sent chain letters and considered becoming “an advice columnist for the highly distraught”... more »


Sept. 15, 2018 | The five radical types: democrats, Manicheans, identitarians, propagandists, and technocrats. We need more of the first and the last. Cass Sunstein explains... more »


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