July 6, 2015 | Ornette Coleman was a freak – about his music, clothing, beard, philosophy. Yet his life was a conventional one, he insisted: “Born, work, sad and happy and etc.”... more »

July 4, 2015 | The life of an artist isn't easels, turpentine, and raffia-wrapped Chianti bottles so much as struggle and poverty. Making art is work, not a privilege... more »

July 3, 2015 | We live in the hyperpresent, obsessed by the instantaneous. So why are we enthralled with Deep History and its all-encompassing purview?... more »

July 2, 2015 | When tolerance melts into indifference, and polite reserve replaces judgment, it's doom for the fine arts. Michael Lewis explains ... more »

July 1, 2015 | David Foster Wallace has been canonized as self-help slacker saint, magnet for moral veneration. In short, the very thing he struggled against ... more »

June 30, 2015 | Once the redoubts of abstruse and jargon-heavy monographs, university presses are now the last great hope for serious nonfiction... more »

June 29, 2015 | The rise of 3-D printing will transform the future of museums into a contest between accessibility and authenticity... more »

June 27, 2015 | Philip Larkin will soon have a flagstone at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, alongside the memorials to writers he did his best to avoid... more »

June 26, 2015 | Inside Kevin Wheatcroft’s mazelike house is the largest collection of Nazi artifacts in the world. “Hitler’s eye for quality was just extraordinary”... more »

June 25, 2015 | Why are the leaders of the New York Public Library so intent on destroying one of the world’s great repositories of knowledge?... more »

June 24, 2015 | Don’t judge a book by its cover, and don’t take on faith everything between the covers. Behold the imperiled state of facts in book publishing... more »

June 23, 2015 | Pornography is old. But our ability to track how porn affects us is relatively new. The upshot: Porn has been unfairly maligned... more »

June 22, 2015 | The education of a young poet. T.S. Eliot was at Harvard from 1906 to 1914. But he had to escape to put to use what he’d learned there... more »

June 20, 2015 | Nabokov in Utah. Among marmots and Mormons, the author collected butterflies, smoked five packs a day, and suffered a bad friction burn on his buttocks... more »

June 19, 2015 | In the ‘20s, a female sculptor like Barbara Hepworth had three options: assimilate, decorate, or detonate. She chose the third... more »

June 18, 2015 | Henry James loved his mother and was desperate to get away from her. It’s no coincidence that some of his best novels have no mothers at all... more »

June 17, 2015 | The sad fate of the silent-film star. Buster Keaton’s art was sublime. Then came talkies, alcoholism, and drifting around Hollywood in a “land yacht”... more »

June 16, 2015 | The story of Lewis Carroll: 98,721 letters sent or received, 3,000 photographs taken, a revolutionary imagination, an unknowable man... more »

June 15, 2015 | A “clerk” for migrants, peasants, and industrial workers. John Berger’s literary storytelling mixes politics and aesthetics. It defies categorization...... more »

June 13, 2015 | Libraries are wondrous repositories of knowledge, entrusted with fascinating treasures. Too bad they’re terrible at keeping track of things... more »

June 12, 2015 | “I could either shut up, that’s the end, get on with dying. Or, get gripped, which is what happened.” Jenny Diski on turning death into sentences.... more »

June 11, 2015 | Art in a time of tyranny. Most art produced under the Third Reich has been destroyed or hidden. Is it time to give those pieces a museum of their own?... more »

June 10, 2015 | Richard Dawkins joined Twitter seven years ago; he has one million followers. He likes the 140-character format. But is Twitter ruining his reputation?... more »

June 9, 2015 | Why do we lie? The short answer: We can’t help it: We’re human. We deceive, often without meaning to. A flawed memory doesn’t always indicate a flawed character... more »

June 8, 2015 | The dream of a common language goes back to Genesis. But it remains just that, a dream. Still unresolved: Is translation an art or a problem of math?... more »

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