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 »


April 30, 2015 | Oliver Sacks's analyst never met anyone less affected by gay liberation. "I remain locked in my cell despite the dancing at the prison gates"... more »


April 29, 2015 | I am perhaps one of the dumbest writers that's ever lived, says Kenneth Goldsmith, explaining his search for the moment "when the stupid flips over into the sublime"... more »


April 28, 2015 | Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Lewontin, W.D. Hamilton: Robert Trivers knew the evolutionary biologists as colleagues. He looks back, without mercy... more »


April 27, 2015 | Tony Judt was a good European who happily made his home in America. It was around 2002 that happiness curdled into disappointment... more »


April 25, 2015 | The novel is in the doldrums. Sales are down, something called snackable content" is in demand. The solution? A return to the past: serialization... more »


April 24, 2015 | Teaching political theory in Beijing. Human rights and democracy are fine, but no Marxism. And beware the censors... more »


April 23, 2015 | If I had the choice, I would do it again,said Gloria Steinem about working for the CIA. Other intellectuals were not so candid... more »


April 22, 2015 | Walt Whitman's purpose in life and literature was "to soar, to sing the idea of all." But his legacy - especially his Civil War writing - remains divisive... more »


April 21, 2015 | Uncomfortable truths are stifled in science, but ideology alone isn't to blame. It's money that rules the day in the academy... more »


April 20, 2015 | Dickens was both a critic of industrialization and a creature of capitalism. Indeed, he was the original authorpreneur... more »


April 18, 2015 | Literary fame can depend on advantages other than talent. Would Wordsworth have been known without Lake District tourism, or his surname?... more »


April 17, 2015 | Mostly the good guys are the good guys and the not-good guys are not the good guys,says Renata Adler. "Other people are just whatever they are." Well, of course... more »


April 16, 2015 | Joyce Maynard left Yale after two semesters to be with J.D. Salinger, the man she loved. She never returned, to her deep regret... more »


April 15, 2015 | Alone together. Every new technology generates anxiety - and art - about its isolating effects: Witness Cocteau, Hopper, and now, Ryan Trecartin... more »


April 14, 2015 | Gunter Grass - novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, sculptor, printmaker, social critic, member of the Waffen-SS - is dead. He was 87... more »


April 13, 2015 | Among artists in Cairo, Beirut, and Istanbul, condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo killings is unequivocal. Everything else is complicated... more »


April 11, 2015 | David Brooks is all too self-aware: "I'm paid to be a narcissistic blowhard, to volley my opinions, to appear more confident about them than I really am"... more »


April 10, 2015 | Anyone who wants to be a writer in America will sooner or later confront the question: To M.F.A or not to M.F.A.?... more »


April 9, 2015 | The word meme" was coined for ideas, songs, and religious ideals. Not LOL cats. Memes have never been more trivial - or more important"... more »


April 8, 2015 | Help Susan Sontag with her mail. Feed Bob Silvers dried blueberries. Doctors and lawyers have secretaries; intellectuals have assistants... more »


April 7, 2015 | James Wood was saved by literature. Son of a minister who maintained a strict home, he found novels an invitation to think beyond the Gospels... more »


April 6, 2015 | Half of Americans reject evolution, the second-lowest acceptance rate of 34 developed countries. Just try defending Darwin in Kentucky... more »


April 4, 2015 | Roger Scruton unbound. "If you're a philosopher who is self-employed, it's pointless to engage in self-censorship. I just say what is true"... more »


April 3, 2015 | More than a scientific concept, the Anthropocene is an all-encompassing idea fraught with political, ethical, and aesthetic implications... more »


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