March 7, 2015 | Postal utopia. Early in the 20th century, three thinkers ? Twain, Lenin, Weber ? shared a model of paradise: the German post office... more »

March 6, 2015 | Theologically, the most interesting place today is Silicon Valley, says Yuval Noah Hariri. Its religion, not the ones coming out of Syria and Iraq, will take over the world... more »

March 5, 2015 | The theological disclosures of Augustine and the earnestness of De Quincey have given way to a petty, low-stakes literature. Confession has been commodified... more »

March 4, 2015 | Philology: How did this dry but wonderfully eccentric redoubt of intellectual curiosity acquire a reputation for being largely pointless?... more »

March 3, 2015 | Deception and divinity. For a thousand years, God's power was linked with a powerful, humanlike trait ? the ability to tell a lie... more »

March 2, 2015 | To understand the decline of classical music, you need to understand what once made it great: nationalism and Christianity... more »

Feb. 28, 2015 | Sex is leaky and anxiety-ridden, says Laura Kipnis, and no college policy or prohibition is going to change that. What rules will do is make students more vulnerable... more »

Feb. 27, 2015 | Self-criticism is integral to our sense of self. What does this unrelenting, unforgiving, internal nag want? Adam Philips hazards an answer... more »

Feb. 26, 2015 | The history of literature is not tidy, and the path of the modern novel is particularly long and improbable. Can its origins be traced to Protestantism?... more »

Feb. 25, 2015 | What is the preferred musical accompaniment to virtual killing? Beethoven, of course. Ted Gioia on the rise of ?first-person-shooter Romanticism?... more »

Feb. 24, 2015 | Lost in the wave of protest and commentary that followed the massacre at Charlie Hebdo is an adequate understanding of the social function ? indeed, necessity ? of satire... more »

Feb. 23, 2015 | Darwin didn't argue with politicians. But politicians tangle with him. Indeed, evolution is a litmus test: Do you stand with reason even if it costs votes?... more »

Feb. 21, 2015 | Birth of American ballet. Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream opened up new possibilities. His motto: ?Don't think, just dance?... more »

Feb. 20, 2015 | Oliver Sacks has months to live. There is no longer time for anything inessential ? just himself, his work, his friends. And some silliness.... more »

Feb. 19, 2015 | A person of average intelligence today would have been exceptionally intelligent a century ago. We're getting smarter. Are we getting more moral?... more »

Feb. 18, 2015 | Favoritism in physics. The ?Many Worlds Interpretation? is popular despite its incoherence. We simply want it to be true... more »

Feb. 17, 2015 | The natural world is not easily shoehorned into a mathematical formula. Thus the long, strange history of efforts to reimagine the calendar... more »

Feb. 16, 2015 | When the times are brutal and the news is all lies, great poets experience our loneliness for us. Andrew O?Hagan explains... more »

Feb. 14, 2015 | What's wrong with public intellectuals? Their underestimation of the public, which is, in fact, no less smart or striving than they are... more »

Feb. 13, 2015 | From Dickens to Dave Eggers, novelists have resisted familiar literary tropes as they reach for authenticity. Well and good, but it can make for a slippery read... more »

Feb. 12, 2015 | Every Sunday morning at 10, Keats sought spiritual communion. How? Reading Shakespeare, of course. It was his scripture... more »

Feb. 11, 2015 | The practice of ridiculing ? even killing ? cowards has a long history. But sometimes they are not craven but courageous. Cowardice keeps the peace... more »

Feb. 10, 2015 | Tolstoy, by 1889 a sex-hating crank, published The Kreutzer Sonata, a novella about a wife-murderer. Now Tolstoy's wife gets to have her say... more »

Feb. 9, 2015 | No one can doubt the power of William Blake's visual imagination and the brilliance of his engravings. So why are his images overshadowed by his words?... more »

Feb. 7, 2015 | Even for hard-core secular rationalists, luck is a deity deserving some level of credence. Fortune may be fickle, but it ain't dumb... more »

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