Feb. 1, 2016 | Haters and killjoys, sadists and masochists: Critics are sometimes appreciated but mostly feared, resented, or ignored. A.O. Scott should know... more »

Jan. 30, 2016 | It's rare for a book to both explain science and change it. Even rarer for that book to reach a wide audience. That's what Richard Dawkins did 40 years ago... more »

Jan. 29, 2016 | Do you have a theory of biography? What about this: "We are not texts. Our histories are not narratives. Life is not literature"... more »

Jan. 28, 2016 | In the summer of 1936, German émigré writers congregated on a beach in Belgium. They had nowhere else to go... more »

Jan. 27, 2016 | Beware the data based on multiple regression analyses. You’re quite likely to get no information, or misinformation... more »

Jan. 26, 2016 | "We go to our deaths asymptotically, never getting there because ‘we’ and ‘there’ can’t exist at the same moment"...... more »

Jan. 25, 2016 | Sociologists, political theorists, anthropologists, and psychologists promise to reveal the terrorist mind. None bring the insight of novelists... more »

Jan. 23, 2016 | John Dewey argued that publics never simply exist; they are created. Intellectuals should create the public for which they write. Few of them do... more »

Jan. 22, 2016 | Beware the scorn of Janet Malcolm. A new biography has her explaining what writers can and cannot do if they want to be regarded as honest and serious... more »

Jan. 21, 2016 | "The camera is just as capable of lying as the typewriter," wrote Brecht. How then should we handle this devious tool?... more »

Jan. 20, 2016 | Poetry used to be a performance, not a subject for close textual analysis. The century-old shift from poetry for the ear to poetry for the eye has not been good for poetry... more »

Jan. 19, 2016 | From Tolstoy to Bellow, Roth, and Knausgaard, it's male authors who are the real romantics, portraying love as mysterious, physical, and beyond explanation... more »

Jan. 18, 2016 | Our fascination with Augustine has led some scholars to try to know the unknowable, to spin flimsy hypotheses. Consider the semen-bread episode... more »

Jan. 16, 2016 | Musicians need philosophy. Indeed, it is the absence of philosophical reflection that has produced so many half-baked ideas in music... more »

Jan. 15, 2016 | Bernard Williams saw his work as reminding moral philosophers of truths that are known to all adults except moral philosophers. He had a point... more »

Jan. 14, 2016 | Housewives have been declared boring, but novelists can't seem to get enough of them. What gives? Laura Miller has the answer... more »

Jan. 13, 2016 | Reading online, are we mindless clickers racing against the onrush of published content? If so, it’s because of our expectations, not the technology... more »

Jan. 12, 2016 | Northrop Frye allowed that others were “infinitely more accurate scholars” than he. But, he said, he had something they lacked: genius... more »

Jan. 11, 2016 | Is it practical to impose "equality" on people who no longer see it as a worthwhile objective? That is the question facing France. Emmanuel Todd has an answer... more »

Jan. 9, 2016 | Return of the chin-stroking shrink. Freud's view of the mind hasn’t fared well among scientists. But therapy isn’t -- and shouldn’t be -- science... more »

Jan. 8, 2016 | The moral danger of reading a novel. We give authors enormous — potentially diabolical — power to shape our ideas, our politics, our selves... more »

Jan. 7, 2016 | The meaning of diversity in literature. Do we want fiction to present aspirational versions of ourselves, or do we want something else entirely?... more »

Jan. 6, 2016 | Oliver Sacks enjoyed Montblanc fountain pens, Norwegian sardines, and his T-shirt with a fern on it. But above all else, he loved to swim... more »

Jan. 5, 2016 | Beware the gratitude gurus and their creed of self-love masquerading as selflessness. "The current hoopla around gratitude is a celebration of onanism"... more »

Jan. 4, 2016 | Sidney Mintz told stories that no one else bothered to tell. His eye for both big ideas and small details changed how history is done and read today... more »

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