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 »


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 »


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