June 1, 2015 | Far too much art is locked in the warehouses of a handful of museums. What happened to the goal of getting more people to look at more art to get more out of it?... more »


May 30, 2015 | John Berryman was 12 when he wrote his first lengthy work. He was 57 when he killed himself. In between were guilt, humiliation, failure, and breathtaking feats of imagination... more »


May 29, 2015 | Gen X-ers are independent and productive. Millennials don't buy cars. Says who? It's time to abandon the hopelessly arbitrary pseudoscience of generational analysis... more »


May 28, 2015 | The American protest against Charlie Hebdo isn't about American ignorance of French satire. No, it's about panic and fear in literary New York... more »


May 27, 2015 | Being unmarried or living alone is not the same as being alone. Yet single women are deemed pitiable, if not vilified. What happened to the joys of solitude?... more »


May 26, 2015 | For a writer who said he's bowing out, Philip Roth has remained omnipresent. His retirement may well go down as one of the literary world’s greatest pranks... more »


May 25, 2015 | Wonder Woman was introduced in 1941, the character's creator declaring that women should lead the world.  But his own house was nothing like a matriarchy... more »


May 23, 2015 | The yin to Balanchine's yang. The Soviet choreographer Leonid Yakobson eschewed tradition, instead embracing moments of exuberance and giddiness... more »


May 22, 2015 | The importance of the Enlightenment has not been its triumph, but its creation of a culture of criticism – a culture now endangered by apathy... more »


May 21, 2015 | Son of a Florentine sculptor, the precocious Bernini, aged 20, set himself a modest challenge: Carve the human soul in marble... more »


May 20, 2015 | The importance of getting paid. "One should never forget the role money plays in shaping the writer's life, and the life inevitably informs the work"... more »


May 19, 2015 | Daniel Dennett’s “brain in a vat,” Derek Parfit’s teleportation: Philosophers of consciousness love a good thought experiment. Now it’s the “ultimate simulation machine”... more »


May 18, 2015 | Kim Kardashian is the unlikely embodiment of Duchamp’s urinal. “In declaring herself, against all common sense, as art, she mocks and dares and provokes”... more »


May 16, 2015 | For Jonathan Franzen, America's ideology of progress, technology, and cheeriness echoes Vienna in 1910. Time for a corrective. Time for Karl Kraus... more »


May 15, 2015 | We can – and should – scrutinize intellectual debates of the past. But that won’t prevent us from having the same debates over and over again... more »


May 14, 2015 | Most books go unread, and those that are read are quickly forgotten. Not Eichmann in Jerusalem. Arguments about it endure, and they tell us much about ourselves... more »


May 13, 2015 | From the Greek philosophers to Kant and beyond, theories of the cosmos have been proposed and discarded. Has the expansive debate finally slowed?... more »


May 12, 2015 | Nostalgia is seductive. People become addicted to their own experiences and feel alienated by technology.Yet life keeps improving... more »


May 11, 2015 | The Inklings were a small circle of rumpled, eccentric Oxford dons. Together they changed the course of literature... more »


May 9, 2015 | From health care to marketing, military to finance, the mantra is this: Harness the power of the “social.” But what does that even mean?... more »


May 8, 2015 | The mutilations make us who we are, says Christian Wiman. “My father is a man in whom life thrives as a form of death. There is a cancerous élan to him, a mind of maggots”... more »


May 7, 2015 | ?Who made the genius gay?? How did Tchaikovsky?s sexuality become a cause célèbre and the key to understanding his art? It isn?t.... more »


May 6, 2015 | Fashions in parenthood. You can no longer be merely a parent; you must be parenting. The former is a role, the latter a job ? and evidence of a problem.... more »


May 5, 2015 | Oh, the glory of being a budding modernist in 1964. Picasso, Eliot, Pound, and Stravinsky were still alive. For Julian Barnes, their examples would inform a lifetime of looking... more »


May 4, 2015 | The assassination of Julius Caesar failed in its stated purpose, to end tyranny. "The world without Caesar was still a world about Caesar"... more »


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