June 6, 2015 | For Michael Oakeshott, philosophy is a conversation, not an argument; a disposition, not a doctrine. He had no interest in changing the world... more »

June 5, 2015 | Two centuries ago, the literary reviews – especially Blackwood’s – were slashing, pugnacious, out for blood. Now “the bloodbath has become a featherbed”... more »

June 4, 2015 | Whats a museum for? In the hands of Renzo Piano, it is a place to gawk at the New York skyline, to eat, to see and be seen, to do most everything – except see art... more »

June 3, 2015 | Campus activists are animated by a noble impulse to right historical wrongs. Yet their moral fervor has descended into a form of zealotry... more »

June 2, 2015 | Diderot, Balzac, Proust, and Bourdieu all wrote on philosophies of clothing. Today we have only coffee-table books on the subject. What’s become of the literature of fashion?... more »

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 »

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