Sept. 1, 2020 | Books are more permanent than magazine articles. So why are only the latter subjected to fact checking?  ... more »


Aug. 31, 2020 | More than 1,000 movies and TV shows have used Wagner's music. Alex Ross dissects a century of Wagner's baleful influence on Hollywood... more »


Aug. 29, 2020 | Much of Frank Ramsey’s work was unfinished when he died in 1930, at age 26. But philosophers still find that their own insights have already been articulated by him... more »


Aug. 28, 2020 | John Cheever took no interest in theology. But his keen spiritual sense had a definite tendency... more »


Aug. 27, 2020 | Olavo de Carvalho, a 73-year-old right-wing autodidact, is on a mission: He wants to become the Brazilian Gramsci... more »


Aug. 26, 2020 | Thinking through the pandemic. Ours is a bleak reality, full of social and personal uncertainty. And so we return to existentialism... more »


Aug. 25, 2020 | Why we hoard. Stuff attracts more stuff, and accumulation has a powerful logic rooted in history and biology   ... more »


Aug. 24, 2020 | Tolstoy’s hobbies included drinking copious amounts of fermented mare’s milk, penning vociferous calls for agrarian reform, and learning ancient Greek... more »


Aug. 22, 2020 | Philosophers like Dietrich von Hildebrand sought to distinguish moral values from aesthetic values. Does such a question still resonate?... more »


Aug. 21, 2020 | Humans are social animals, and yet we sometimes need to disappear. For inspiration on how best to do that, consider the vampire squid... more »


Aug. 20, 2020 | Does republishing George Eliot as Mary Ann Evans "reclaim" her lost female identity? No, it misses the point of writing pseudonymously... more »


Aug. 19, 2020 | Cancel culture is a new term, but the ideological coercions of the left are not. Paul Berman offers a history lesson... more »


Aug. 18, 2020 | Academia is a hotbed of proliferating identities and packaged narratives. But a person is not an identity... more »


Aug. 17, 2020 | How should historians approach the here and now? As a rule, they are wary of “presentism.” But that’s changing... more »


Aug. 15, 2020 | Susan Sontag famously wrote about Leni Riefenstahl and the aesthetics of fascism. What does an antifascist aesthetic look like?... more »


Aug. 14, 2020 | Arguments about Ezra Pound’s odious politics seem like ways to skirt the question of his literary merit. Is he any good?... more »


Aug. 13, 2020 | An allegation of systemic racism against a university is serious, says Randall Kennedy. Why is the evidence in some cases so flimsy?... more »


Aug. 12, 2020 | The mystery of the Vikings. We know of their heroism and cruelty, their riches and inequality. But their psychology remains unknowable... more »


Aug. 11, 2020 | Shame has been under scrutiny in America for more than 200 years. No emotion is at once so ubiquitous and so disputed... more »


Aug. 10, 2020 | In his work, William Faulkner could not escape the Civil War’s aftermath or its meaning. Neither can we... more »


Aug. 8, 2020 | In the 18th century, botany was a louche science. The foppish, braggadocio-prone Joseph Banks helped earn it that reputation... more »


Aug. 7, 2020 | There are many terrible books, but only one “worst novelist in the English language.” Meet Robert Burrows, the man who bore that moniker... more »


Aug. 6, 2020 | Mid-20th-century Brooklyn was full of striving, struggling immigrants. One thing set the Neugeboren family apart: The Complete Works of Charles Dickens... more »


Aug. 5, 2020 | Transfixed by his own melancholy, the literary “longing man” is a self-serious sap interested in intellectual romance. Just avoid him... more »


Aug. 4, 2020 | Gilles Deleuze’s letters reveal his ability to be clear and uncomplicated. So why is most of his writing so impenetrable?... more »


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