April 3, 2018 | James Baldwin in Hollywood. He was there to make a movie about Malcolm X. It didn't go well. “I would rather be horsewhipped ... than repeat the adventure”... more »

April 2, 2018 | "Populism" is a label often used but little understood. It's incoherent an ideology yet not to be dismissed as deranged or imaginary. Populism is a disease in the body politic... more »

March 31, 2018 | The poet Joan Murray died at 24. Her manuscripts, sent to be preserved, apparently fell off the back of a truck. Is it fair, then, to call her a minor poet?... more »

March 30, 2018 | When fiction fuels the future. Sun-powered screens, electric weather, telepathy via battery — by picturing what’s to come, does science fiction help us invent it?... more »

March 29, 2018 | Hyper-liberalism is the academy's legitimating ideology, says John Gray. "The result is a richly entertaining mixture of bourgeois careerism with virtue-signaling self-righteousness"... more »

March 28, 2018 | Our old photos follow us online, and it’s become increasingly difficult to achieve distance from the past. That’s changed our politics and, perhaps, our thinking... more »

March 27, 2018 | For James Wood, the novel is “the slayer of religions.” Rationalist writers like Ian McEwan agree — they want their craft to be more scientific, less spiritual. Is it?... more »

March 26, 2018 | In Shakespeare's time, there were no directors. Plays were performed without scenery, on open stages. It's still something of a mystery what directors do... more »

March 24, 2018 | When did the sum total of a college’s intellectual value become reducible to its willingness to host controversial speakers?... more »

March 23, 2018 | Communing with art won’t make you money, burn calories, or help you network. It may, writes Claire Messud, help you find joy in the superfluous and glory in each day... more »

March 22, 2018 | Science is thought to be cold and clinical, art warm and encouraging of wonder. The drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal reveal that divide for what it is: nonsense... more »

March 21, 2018 | "I am sick to death of hearing about Karl Marx. I am sick of his name, his -isms, his undoubted genius, and his 'philosophy.' Most of all, I am sick of his 'relevance'"... more »

March 20, 2018 | Workers get more education; their productivity and income go up. A nation gets more education; its productivity and income go up. Hogwash, says Bryan Caplan... more »

March 19, 2018 | A crisis stalks the modern world: the hunt for manliness. It began in the 19th century and continues to contaminate politics and culture... more »

March 17, 2018 | Whatever happened to alienation? It was once considered central to modern life, the stuff of Sartre, Camus, and Salinger. Now it seems to have vanished... more »

March 16, 2018 | Was Eve “seduced” by the serpent? The question is familiar for being so ancient. Anne Enright has an answer: No... more »

March 15, 2018 | Academic satire has gone the way of the theory-brandishing rock stars it once lampooned. Academics aren't laughing anymore; they're despondent... more »

March 14, 2018 | Idleness, Virginia Woolf thought, could be both strenuous and catatonic. The Bloomsbury Group was lazy, and proud of it — they were theorists (and practitioners) of leisure... more »

March 13, 2018 | We hear a lot about "the future of work." The future of leisure? Not so much. Finding fulfillment in free time is a talent, and we're losing it... more »

March 12, 2018 | P.G. Wodehouse was not merely unserious but positively anti-serious, and therein lay much of his considerable charm — and the cause of considerable trouble... more »

March 10, 2018 | The idea of privilege — the accusation of privilege — has moved many people to say things not only nonsensical and ungenerous, but simply untrue... more »

March 9, 2018 | The finest art, felt the Greeks, was a perfect illusion of reality. “Aphrodite of Knidos” blurred the boundary between marble and flesh... more »

March 8, 2018 | We like to think of liberal democracy as deepening its roots with every passing year. But democracy is in decline, and young people especially are disenchanted... more »

March 7, 2018 | The male glance is the opposite of the male gaze. Rather than linger lovingly on women, it looks, assumes, and moves on. It is ruining our ability to see good art... more »

March 6, 2018 | Albert Camus and Maria Casarès traded nearly 1,000 letters. Reading them, we discover a man we thought we knew and a woman most of us never knew... more »

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