Jan. 18, 2021 | There’s an app for that! The notion that technology offers the best solution to any problem is appealing. It's also dangerous   ... more »

Jan. 16, 2021 | How should we read? For Will Self, “we would read as gourmands eat, gobbling down huge gobbets of text” ... more »

Jan. 15, 2021 | The paradox of political science: Only by remaining aloof from the messiness of politics can it achieve the scientific authority it craves  ... more »

Jan. 14, 2021 | “I have never written a plot-driven novel,” held Ursula Le Guin. “I don’t do it; never did it; don’t want to; can’t”  ... more »

Jan. 13, 2021 | The isolation artist. Edward Hopper's paintings make an emotional resurgence amid our sustained solitude  ... more »

Jan. 12, 2021 | When Catherine Camus was informed of the death of her son Albert, all she could say was, “Too young”  ... more »

Jan. 11, 2021 | Americans say they want 2.5 children, but they're having only 1.7, on average. Why? Ross Douthat's case for larger families... more »

Jan. 9, 2021 | Ferociously dull and laden with puffery, the academic book review is a tedious genre that's outlived its purpose ... more »

Jan. 8, 2021 | The genius of Schubert’s syphilitic years was to draw the listener into his melancholy world, all the while pointing to an unattainable beauty ... more »

Jan. 7, 2021 | René Girard was not a particularly great theorist. It's easy to spot his weaknesses and lacunae. But he is the theorist our era deserves... more »

Jan. 6, 2021 | The goal of all art is inexhaustible precision — something simple, like Melville’s whale, that gains endlessly in complexity... more »

Jan. 5, 2021 | Henri Breuil, “the Pope of Prehistory,” did more than anyone else to prove that our early ancestors were capable of symbolic thought... more »

Jan. 4, 2021 | "To find humor in death isn’t to degrade or deny the sanctity of human life, but rather to grapple with its finite nature"  ... more »

Jan. 2, 2021 | "If one were interested in the sexual life of the professoriate at the turn of the last century, it would be strange to omit Veblen" ... more »

Jan. 1, 2021 | The artist who most acutely registers the deranged quality of contemporary American public life? Peter Saul... more »

Dec. 31, 2020 | Over the past 70 years, popular culture has gone from realism to fantasy and science fiction. Blame, in part, Ray Bradbury... more »

Dec. 30, 2020 | "Historians will record that in the early decades of the 21st century we became an unforgiving society, a society of furies, a society in search of guilt and shame"... more »

Dec. 29, 2020 | More than a few writers have been drunks. Is their drinking part of a negotiation with their own impossibly high standards? ... more »

Dec. 28, 2020 | Graham Greene, steeped as he was in bleak moral choices, was delighted that French attempts to pronounce his name sounded like “Grim Grin” ... more »

Dec. 26, 2020 | Every year, David Brooks compiles a list of the best long-form essays of the year. Here are his 2020 Sidney Awards... more »

Dec. 25, 2020 | What was so different about Beethoven? The novelty of his rhythms, which turned into plot, into argument, into speech ... more »

Dec. 24, 2020 | America, writes David Blight, is polarized in a cold civil war. The core questions of the original Civil War and Reconstruction era remain unanswered ... more »

Dec. 23, 2020 | “Rather than shoving all our debates into a single, hellish town square, let each town have its own” ... more »

Dec. 22, 2020 | A failed philosophical mission: Plato urged Dionysius I to abandon wine and orgies. In response, the tyrant sold Plato into slavery... more »

Dec. 21, 2020 | Scientists' mistakes are regrettable but usually not sinister. Science remains the gold standard of truth. And it needs defending ... more »

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