Sept. 1, 2018 | The End of History or The Clash of Civilizations? Which theory better captured the post-Cold War zeitgeist and predicted what would follow?... more »

Aug. 31, 2018 | The theft of rare books from libraries has long been so easy that it makes even the least talented thief think he's a criminal mastermind... more »

Aug. 30, 2018 | The strange story of Amo the African. Given as a child to a German duke, he became a philosopher, then, suddenly, went back to Africa. Why?... more »

Aug. 29, 2018 | Francis Fukuyama's dalliance with deconstruction. He studied with de Man, Derrida, and Barthes. Any memories? "I decided it was total bullshit"... more »

Aug. 28, 2018 | Writers and their cats. A young Doris Lessing was party to a cat massacre; for Vivian Gornick, a more typical experience: being ignored... more »

Aug. 27, 2018 | John Coltrane said he wanted to play as though jumping into the middle of a sentence. After him, there is nothing left to say on the saxophone... more »

Aug. 25, 2018 | For Roger Scruton, music is rooted in subjective experience. The act of listening endows mere vibrations with meaning and purpose... more »

Aug. 24, 2018 | It's hard to remember when the humanities weren't in crisis. But this time is different. Students are fleeing, especially at elite colleges... more »

Aug. 23, 2018 | The past is not a foolproof guide to the future. It is, however, the only guide we have. So why are historians reluctant to comment on contemporary affairs?... more »

Aug. 22, 2018 | When Caitlin Rosenthal began studying slave-plantation management, she didn't expect to find parallels with modern business practices... more »

Aug. 21, 2018 | “The thing I’m most proud of is my finish — the finish on the painting," says Alex Katz, now in his 90s. "It took me years to get to this finish.”... more »

Aug. 20, 2018 | “In poetry, words rhyme; in puns, ideas rhyme,” says James Geary. “This is the ultimate test of wittiness, keeping your balance even when you’re of two minds.” So why do puns have a bad reputation?... more »

Aug. 18, 2018 | Sixty-six million years ago, three-quarters of the earth’s species went extinct. Why? Enter one of the longest and most rancorous controversies in science... more »

Aug. 17, 2018 | More than 10 million antiquities have disappeared from China, some of them ending up in museums around the world. Why are so many being stolen?... more »

Aug. 16, 2018 | The years leading up to World War I were a time of radical artistic experimentation — vorticism, cubism, futurism, "anti-art." These new movements turned out to be further casualties of the war... more »

Aug. 15, 2018 | For Roland Barthes, understanding society required understanding how meaning is produced and consumed. It led him to a social psychology of human alienation... more »

Aug. 14, 2018 | V.S. Naipaul was a grumpy reactionary whose sense of humor bordered on cruelty. His irascibility sharpened his vision... more »

Aug. 13, 2018 | The physicist Leo Szilard was integral to the creation of nuclear weapons. His literary legacy, including a cabal of messianic dolphins, is less well known... more »

Aug. 11, 2018 | The tyranny of language. European colonizers tried to stamp out indigenous languages. The legacy of linguistic imperialism lives on... more »

Aug. 10, 2018 | What’s it like to take a psychedelic drug? Answers may tend to echo the “love conquers all” platitudes of Hallmark cards, but they're convincing... more »

Aug. 9, 2018 | Black English is not a degraded form of the language. It's an alternative form. There's nothing wrong with it. So should white writers get in trouble for using it?... more »

Aug. 8, 2018 | Simone Weil was a French pseudo-Catholic mystic and writer of monkish austerity. Her life and death are stark and memorable. But is she relevant?... more »

Aug. 7, 2018 | The neuroscientist Barbara Lipska spent her career mapping the line between sanity and insanity. Then her own mind began to go wrong... more »

Aug. 6, 2018 | "Bodies are unruly sites for politics," says Merve Emre. "Between the body and the political lies a vastly mediated world where belief and behavior do not always overlap"... more »

Aug. 4, 2018 | Holocaust-deniers, anti-vaccinators, climate-change skeptics: The psychology of denialism runs deep and affects us all... more »

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