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 »


March 5, 2018 | Haters of literature bring four charges: abuse of authority, lack of morality, perversion of truth, and diminished usefulness. Yet they mask a more depressing reality — shared indifference to literature... more »


March 3, 2018 | Since Rousseau, at least, we've told ourselves a story about the shape and direction of human history. Big problem: It isn't true... more »


March 2, 2018 | What attracted a gregarious psychiatrist to a reclusive professor? Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze bonded over a mutual distrust of identity... more »


March 1, 2018 | Who is more to blame for the crisis of liberalism over the past four decades: Homi Bhabha and Judith Butler — or Lawrence Summers?... more »


Feb. 28, 2018 | October 18, 1973: Sotheby's auctioned works by Twombley, Johns, and Rauschenberg. It was called the day the art world collapsed. Well, no, but it was the beginning of the end... more »


Feb. 27, 2018 | The incarnations of Bruno Latour. A devoted Catholic disdainful of universal truths, critic of science turned climate-science promoter, playwright, military collaborator... more »


Feb. 26, 2018 | According to Will Self, novels are a jungle gym for the mind. So choose challenging texts: “No one ever got smart by reading … Dan Brown”... more »


Feb. 24, 2018 | A taxonomy of unfinished novels. Common causes include writer’s block and death. Then there are those works whose unfinishability is an aesthetic virtue... more »


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