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 »

Sept. 22, 2016 | From 1944 to 1947, Jean-Paul Sartre was pre-eminent among French intellectuals. Why were so many people drawn to him? What was the appeal of existentialism?... more »

Sept. 21, 2016 | On creepiness. Clowns, taxidermists, and funeral directors: We think they're odd — but why? Perhaps they pose a threat. Or perhaps they simply transgress the natural order... more »

Sept. 20, 2016 | Charles Murray is pessimistic about the state of American politics: The future belongs to authoritarians of the left and the right... more »

Sept. 19, 2016 | Bemoaning the state of poetry is an American pastime. What explains the discontent? The troubled relationship between poets and their audience... more »

Sept. 17, 2016 | Editing is like alchemy, its careful practice a form of creation. Line by line, word by word — “hansom” or “brougham”?... more »

Sept. 16, 2016 | With a click, you can watch John Berryman down beers in Dublin or Marianne Moore throw out a first pitch. Is YouTube changing how we “read” poetry?... more »

Sept. 15, 2016 | Can an insidious artifact of Hitler be neutralized by a phalanx of footnotes and annotations? Here comes a new critical edition of Mein Kampf... more »

Sept. 14, 2016 | Shirley Jackson found people competitive, self-serving, and not to be trusted. She came by such views honestly, then turned them into horror... more »

Sept. 13, 2016 | Why do you read what you read? Because the literary market chose it for you. That's why refusing to read is not a badge of shame. It's the way of the future... more »

Sept. 12, 2016 | Linguistic theories are, in part, explanations of human nature. For more than 50 years, Noam Chomsky's Universal Grammar has been dominant. Now it's coming undone... more »

Sept. 10, 2016 | In Latin America, birthplace of the cultural Cold War, artists and writers were courted by superpowers. Which revealed the political impotence of intellectuals... more »

Sept. 9, 2016 | What can be gleaned about the nature of intelligence from tracking 5,000 child prodigies over 45 years? That the 10,000-hour rule is bunk... more »

Sept. 8, 2016 | On the left, "the worker" is sacred. So is a belief in solidarity and equality. But amid rapid economic fragmentation, does the left have a future?... more »

Sept. 7, 2016 | Open plans, glass walls, communal table-desks, exposed brick: The carefully curated aesthetic of the modern office and the grim fate of the "knowledge worker"... more »

Sept. 6, 2016 | Estimates of executions under Lenin and Stalin suggest an average of more than 10,000 per week. We've never come to terms with the cause and consequence of those killings... more »

Sept. 5, 2016 | Does terrorism work? Almost certainly not. But failure does not diminish the ardor of those for whom killing is an end in itself ... more »

Sept. 3, 2016 | The age of rock'n'roll began in May 1964, when Louis Armstrong's "Hello, Dolly!" fell from the top of the pop chart. Now it's over. Only nostalgia remains... more »

Sept. 2, 2016 | In the past year, 30 billion photographs were uploaded to Instagram — a tidal wave of images indebted to Renaissance portraiture, Dutch still lifes, modernism... more »

Sept. 1, 2016 | To grasp a society's deepest tensions, look to its big, popular art form. In the West, it used to be the novel. In India now, it's Bollywood... more »

Aug. 31, 2016 | The replication crisis in psychology is rooted in bad incentives: skepticism isn't rewarded, unexpected findings are. But coverage of the crisis is susceptible to its own bad incentives... more »

Aug. 30, 2016 | Modernity is the feeling that we are profoundly different from the people who lived before us. It is a disorientation that began in the 16th century and is still with us... more »

Aug. 29, 2016 | Ian McEwan woke from a daydream with a thought: Write a novel with a fetus as the narrator. "The idea struck me as so silly that I just couldn’t resist it.”... more »

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