May 11, 2016 | Maybe you discovered Jane Austen in your teens. Reread her and you may find that your feelings have changed. The novels are no less addictive, but they are less romantic... more »


May 10, 2016 | In the 1960s, free speech was a weapon of the left against the right. Now campus leftists endorse the suppression of ideas. What happened?... more »


May 9, 2016 | When it comes to talking about sex, we need fewer lessons and more stories – especially more inventive sex writing by women... more »


May 7, 2016 | Philosophers once needed books, writing tools, and perhaps a glass of sherry. Now they think with the Internet. Cognition itself is connected to the web... more »


May 6, 2016 | Yes, fitness clubs can be dehumanizing orgies of exhibitionism and self-regard. But intellectual scorn for exercise misunderstands why we work out... more »


May 5, 2016 | Sincerity and irony in art. What can beatniks, punks, and hipsters teach us about commitment, both aesthetic and political?... more »


May 4, 2016 | The value of simplicity and complexity in art is a matter of taste. In science, the search for simple theories is a requirement. But is simpler better?... more »


May 3, 2016 | When black intellectuals interpret black life for white audiences, the question of racial authenticity arises. What is authentic black knowledge?... more »


May 2, 2016 | Nationalism is back, along with a politics of grievance, belligerence, and isolation. It's a moment for Benedict Anderson, who diagnosed nationalism’s insurgent appeal... more »


April 30, 2016 | Chernobyl, the novel. How an airborne toxic event came to represent postmodernism. A story of alienation and technological hubris... more »


April 29, 2016 | Why is a 17th-century Portuguese-Jewish philosopher, a writer of dense and opaque prose, so popular? Spinoza is a heretic for our times... more »


April 28, 2016 | Contemporary poets speak only for themselves, while the poets of yore spoke for everyone. So goes one eternal critique of poetry − wrong, of course... more »


April 27, 2016 | Alec Ross went to Washington and became an important man thinking important thoughts. Adviser to the president, influencer, visionary, example of futurism at its laziest... more »


April 26, 2016 | Time eludes our understanding, defeating both philosophers and physicists in their attempts to pin it down. Does time even exist?... more »


April 25, 2016 | Why do some writers abandon their native language and adopt another? Politics, idealism, and internationalism all play a part. Opportunism, too... more »


April 23, 2016 | Essays convey observations and emotions, experiences unique to the writer. So what is the essayist’s obligation to fact?... more »


April 22, 2016 | Philosophy has been overrun by Kant and by moralistic rules. We need a version that appeals to people — we need a return to Hume... more »


April 21, 2016 | “A thing” has become a thing, as in “Is that actually a thing?” Sure, it's an irksome linguistic trend. But it fills a real need... more »


April 20, 2016 | The critic in the mood to confess. Here a personal anecdote, there a self-deprecating aside, a pose of endearing amateurism. Enough!... more »


April 19, 2016 | "I wonder why Arab prisons are not full of writers," says the poet Adonis. "I wonder why, because it means that Arab writers are not doing their jobs"... more »


April 18, 2016 | Everybody loves diversity. Nobody opposes it, especially on college campuses. But the link between demographic and intellectual diversity is, at best, tenuous... more »


April 16, 2016 | Tennis, the most isolating of games, draws the obsessive and brooding, those in search of agony and transcendence. Literary types, in other words... more »


April 15, 2016 | The tragedy of Dorothy Parker. Intelligent and clever, she won fame early in life. Death and suicide, however, were never far from her thoughts... more »


April 14, 2016 | Oppressively earnest, quick to take offense, an aggressive drunk — Grace Hartigan didn’t make things easy for her friends, who included Frankenthaler, O’Hara, and Ashbery... more »


April 13, 2016 | Baffled by the rise of ISIS? Spasms of barbarism are the norm when modernization outpaces civilization. John Gray explains... more »


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