Sept. 13, 2019 | Eras of elite higher education: Christian college. Gentlemen’s college. Consumer’s college. Now a new era: Comfort college... more »

Sept. 12, 2019 | In the 1920s, Arendt was Heidegger’s “wood nymph.” When they met again in 1949, she found him childish and dishonest, a recluse lost in the hills... more »

Sept. 11, 2019 | Cutting edge linguistics research once meant an astute-eared German grocer surveying the nation by bicycle. Today, data miners do the legwork... more »

Sept. 10, 2019 | "For most of his life, Wendell Berry has written as a kind of elegist, detailing the tragic path that we have taken and recalling other paths now mostly fading"... more »

Sept. 9, 2019 | Poetry has grown boring, narcissistic, and precious — in short, easy to hate. It must recover its immediate, electric power... more »

Sept. 7, 2019 | Insults fly, the rowdy crowd beckons. But public incivility is truly righteous only under certain philosophical conditions... more »

Sept. 6, 2019 | Brown-corduroy suits, literary orthodoxy, and lots of D.H. Lawrence — inside the Leavisites’ ludicrous attempt to direct the reading public... more »

Sept. 5, 2019 | "Thinking together is riddled with pitfalls," says Agnes Callard, "but we can’t really claim to live together without doing it. That is why we need devil’s advocates"... more »

Sept. 4, 2019 | How exactly do literary prizes influence consumers’ book buying and academics' attention? Three professors crunched the numbers to find out... more »

Sept. 3, 2019 | Reading as therapy. Told to rest, a critic discovers that a personal, patient approach to literature can yield unexpected insight... more »

Sept. 2, 2019 | On March 27, 1961, Paul Robeson was found in the bathroom of a Moscow hotel with slit wrists and a razor blade in hand. Why did he try to kill himself?... more »

Aug. 31, 2019 | What does it mean to be serious? Who decides? How Emily Nussbaum uses the unseriousness of television to expose the machinations of seriousness more generally... more »

Aug. 30, 2019 | Peanuts, the philosophy: Life is hard. People are difficult. Happiness can and probably will vaporize. The best response: Laugh and keep moving... more »

Aug. 29, 2019 | Freud: The Mind of the Moralist, was published in 1959 under the name of Philip Rieff. For decades Susan Sontag claimed she wrote “every single word”... more »

Aug. 28, 2019 | The overtly political novel — genre of Orwell, Ayn Rand, Upton Sinclair — is thoroughly out of fashion. Does it deserve to be saved?... more »

Aug. 27, 2019 | The doctrine of the market — all desires are equal, all value only opinion — has led to the sacrifice of aesthetic judgment on the altar of consumer preference... more »

Aug. 26, 2019 | The Second Sex at 70. De Beauvoir, who claimed that a woman’s life should not be reduced to an erotic plot, has been reduced to an erotic plot... more »

Aug. 24, 2019 | From Babel to Orwell, Mao to Borges, the Cold War had a literary front. As Solzhenitsyn put it, books were “as dangerous as atom bombs”... more »

Aug. 23, 2019 | Apocalypse chic. Being radical used to be hard work. Now all one needs to do is succumb, conspicuously, to hopelessness... more »

Aug. 22, 2019 | Where books matter. Americans usually assume that literature exists to depict life, while Russians often speak as if life exists to provide material for literature... more »

Aug. 21, 2019 | No, Sally Rooney is not the “great millennial novelist.” This generation is too diverse for that — its books seek specific audiences, not universal ones... more »

Aug. 20, 2019 | Alcoholic writers are mythologized — but consider their pain. “Heavy drinking is a substitute for companionship,” Bukowski said, “and it’s a substitute for suicide”... more »

Aug. 19, 2019 | Charles Sanders Peirce was an intellectual titan, an American Aristotle. His obscurity stems from the abstruseness of his ideas and the machinations of his rivals... more »

Aug. 17, 2019 | The doomsayers rant that English is in decline, that we're speaking a degraded, faltering tongue. They've been saying so since the 14th century... more »

Aug. 16, 2019 | “Wake up, stay woke!” How a famously liberal liberal-arts college came to act like a small-minded, vindictive corporation... more »

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