May 29, 2015 | According to its founder, Wikipedia is the "sum of all human knowledge." More accurate to say the sum of all male knowledge; 91 percent of editors are men. It shows ... more »


May 28, 2015 | "There is a tendency to hubris in science," says Tom Stoppard. Such a tendency is evident in David Sloan Wilson: "If my passion comes across as hubris, then let it!"... more »


May 27, 2015 | Napoleon in love. Enemy fire couldn't stop him from writing dozens of erotic, emotionally needy letters. What do you expect from a man with 22 mistresses?... more »


May 26, 2015 | Weighing Machiavelli, Dale Carnegie, and "the no-asshole rule," we've endured a long debate about what personality type breeds success... more »


May 25, 2015 | Politics and madness. The French Revolution in some ways invigorated the national mind. But for many participants joy tipped into delirium... more »


May 23, 2015 | Does fear of death explain the development of art, religion, language, economics, science, and almost all of human behavior? ... more »


May 22, 2015 | William Zinsser, who died last week, knew how to live well and write well. His advice about endings: "When you're ready to stop, stop"... more »


May 21, 2015 | Fraternities once espoused ideals of intelligence, social grace, morality. Then came a new view of manliness, tied to drinking and sexual prowess... more »


May 20, 2015 | Science is supposed to be self-correcting. It isn't. It's rife with bias and error. Can scientists be persuaded to stop fooling themselves?... more »


May 19, 2015 | Antony Beevor writes about how people kill one another in war. But “there are things that you can’t put in a book because they are too horrific”... more »


May 18, 2015 | W.E.B. Du Bois in Berlin. It was his first glimpse of a world in which race was not an obstacle. The impact was lifelong. “I became more human”... more »


May 16, 2015 | Ever heard of Émilie Du Châtelet, Margaret Cavendish, or Anne Conway? Like most women, they’ve been left out of the philosophical canon ... more »


May 15, 2015 | Outdoor words like “acorn” are being dropped from some dictionaries to make space for indoor words, like “blog.” We’re losing our vocabulary of the natural world... more »


May 14, 2015 | J.M. Coetzee?s diaries are full of doubts, aperçus, distaste for Nadine Gordimer, and musings on poultry: ?Chickens are always bad-tempered and ungracious?... more »


May 13, 2015 | Sam Harris asked Noam Chomsky to engage in a public dialogue about war, terrorism, and surveillance. Their exchange didn’t go well... more »


May 12, 2015 | In 1963, David Hockney went to Los Angeles in search of bohemia. But he's always kept his distance. "An artist can approve of hedonism, but he can?t be a hedonist himself"... more »


May 11, 2015 | Intellectual cachet used to depend on how you write. Now what matters is how you talk ... more »


May 9, 2015 | Does culture begin and end in one income bracket? Would the collapse of the middle class weaken culture in America? Not likely... more »


May 8, 2015 | The psychology of scarcity. Poor people aren't poor because they make bad decisions. They make bad decisions because they're poor... more »


May 7, 2015 | Tea with Harold Bloom. Pull up a chair to talk Shakespeare, Dickinson, Whitman. ?We are two Odessan Yiddish literary types having a conversation?... more »


May 6, 2015 | What we see when we read. A novelist writes ?wry smile,? and we know what she means. But do we actually picture that smile?... more »


May 5, 2015 | The scholarly conference promises little but excruciating boredom and discontent. End the farce and put academics out of their misery?... more »


May 4, 2015 | Jonathan Gottschall tried to save literary studies by importing evolutionary theory. Instead he ruined his academic career... more »


May 2, 2015 | J. Edgar Hoover had a well-documented penchant for surveillance. But one targeted group has received little attention: black writers... more »


May 1, 2015 | Libraries, museums, concert halls: Silence once reigned when art was consumed in public spaces. Now art has been democratized - as measured by hubbub and laughter... more »


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