Nov. 27, 2021 | According to Adam Phillips, what we need to be cured of are our cures, and our hankering for them. “There is no cure”  ... more »


Nov. 26, 2021 | Jasper Johns was an art-historical fixture at the age of 35. No wonder he entered his late style prematurely  ... more »


Nov. 25, 2021 | Philosophy cannot anchor politics. So held Richard Rorty, dashing the hopes of a long line of political philosophers ... more »


Nov. 24, 2021 | Stoic philosophy is awash in ancient self-help: imagine the unimaginable, rehearse undergoing future evils, anticipate suffering ... more »


Nov. 23, 2021 | The individualism of Emerson and Thoreau was not a precursor of libertarianism. But their outlooks bear remarkable resemblances  ... more »


Nov. 21, 2021 | In a Sylvère Lotringer classes, the syllabi were aspirational, constituting an entire curriculum, a mode of life... more »


Nov. 20, 2021 | The 1619 quandary: 1619 represents America’s “true” national founding — or a metaphor for it — or one origin story among many?... more »


Nov. 19, 2021 | How did a bowdlerized rendering of a marginal psychpathology — trauma theory — come to dominate our culture? ... more »


Nov. 18, 2021 | Talk to the hand. When a face is masked, the rest of the body tends to compensate   ... more »


Nov. 17, 2021 | Race, as Stuart Hall put it, is a floating signifier: At any given point, there is no agreed-upon definition of the concept  ... more »


Nov. 16, 2021 | The man who built “an ark to save learning from the deluge,” Sir Thomas Bodley reimagined what a library could be... more »


Nov. 15, 2021 | When Ta-Nehisi Coates wanted to escape the expectation that his work provide hope, he found a model in Tony Judt... more »


Nov. 13, 2021 | What differentiates humans from other animals? Our capacity and need for illusion   ... more »


Nov. 12, 2021 | Ever since Hammurabi’s Code, most societies have restricted a woman’s freedom to enjoy alcohol. Nevertheless, they persisted   ... more »


Nov. 11, 2021 | “I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me,” boasted Emerson, who was extremely dependent on his family  ... more »


Nov. 10, 2021 | Is the purpose of studying U.S. history to create a consensus view, or to provoke argument?... more »


Nov. 9, 2021 | Something is rotten in the groves of academe. Political intolerance, exorbitant costs, weak leaders. Time to start over, says Niall Ferguson  ... more »


Nov. 8, 2021 | The influences of slavery are pervasive. And that makes it difficult to precisely identify its discrete consequences  ... more »


Nov. 6, 2021 | Hannah Arendt’s life was marked by three escapes: from a Gestapo cell in Berlin, from an internment camp in France, and from Heidegger... more »


Nov. 5, 2021 | “You stir some very deep part of my soul,” Iris Murdoch told Philippa Foot. Not lovers or merely close friends, what were they? ... more »


Nov. 4, 2021 | John Ashbery was a poet of experiment and verbal adventure, of charity and self-forgiveness, and also of “mandarin avoidance"... more »


Nov. 3, 2021 | Beware the “expert” who has suddenly reached some enlightened, politically convenient truth... more »


Nov. 2, 2021 | Rosalind Franklin was deprived of double-helix fame. Was that due to a conspiracy, or plain old sexism?... more »


Nov. 1, 2021 | The idea of exorcism is, in many ways, ridiculous. Yet it lingers, as if nasty spirits were everywhere.... more »


Oct. 30, 2021 | Steven Pinker’s forays into the humanities are like someone with muddy boots entering your house and arrogantly sticking his feet on your table ... more »


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