Feb. 1, 2018 | Fear that democracy in the West is in terminal decline is understandable. But the argument that democracies die when they become too democratic is not. Sheri Berman explains... more »


Jan. 31, 2018 | The human brain is a kind of machine, but don’t expect machine learning to understand language anytime soon. For example: Google Translate... more »


Jan. 30, 2018 | Paul Robeson was a deeply political figure; his endorsement of Stalin is the tragedy of his life. But it's a mistake to twist every action into a political statement... more »


Jan. 29, 2018 | Rongorongo is the only script native to the Pacific. It resembles no other writing system on earth. In fact, it was not written but carved. And no one has been able to decipher it... more »


Jan. 27, 2018 | Philosophers haven’t had much to say about middle age, but Schopenhauer is an exception. His view of the futility of desire -- getting what you want can make you unhappy -- illuminates the darkness of midlife... more »


Jan. 26, 2018 | Thomas Kuhn has been charged with ambiguity, relativism, and irrationality. But his vision of how science evolves still dominates. Why?... more »


Jan. 25, 2018 | In 1959, Robert Oppenheimer warned of "an alienation between the world of science and the world of public discourse.” Can poetic language bridge the divide?... more »


Jan. 24, 2018 | For most of the 20th century, conventional wisdom was that Cézanne didn’t care about his subjects as individuals. That misses Cézanne’s point. T.J. Clark explains... more »


Jan. 23, 2018 | Neoliberalism is the linguistic fad of our times. But the term is applied to disparate phenomena. Neoliberalism has an identity crisis... more »


Jan. 22, 2018 | Ours is a world in which the human and the nonhuman, the real and the fake, blur together. We live, in short, in Philip K. Dick’s future, not Orwell’s or Huxley’s... more »


Jan. 20, 2018 | Gone is the century of the self. Now we inhabit the century of the crowd. What will it do to literature? Early indications are not promising... more »


Jan. 19, 2018 | An angry woman can make people uneasy, while a sad woman tends to summon sympathy. But anger can be a responsibility, says Leslie Jamison. It's about accountability... more »


Jan. 18, 2018 | Is the basis of seemingly disinterested criticism really just willful schadenfreude, with a hidden killjoy locked inside even the noblest critic?... more »


Jan. 17, 2018 | A revolution against boredom, punk music was the 20th century’s last avant-garde movement. What does its demise mean for creative life?... more »


Jan. 16, 2018 | Fire and Fury shows that the political and moral problem of this president — a "real-life fictional character" — is also a literary problem: How to get below the surface of a man who is all surface... more »


Jan. 15, 2018 | What to do with the works of artists whose conduct has been abhorrent? If a work of art speaks, it does so in a way that transcends the limitations and imperfections of the artist... more »


Jan. 13, 2018 | Art and the Awokening. As politics and pop culture converge, we must distinguish between what's engineered to flatter contemporary taste and what says something new... more »


Jan. 12, 2018 | We’re awash in life-hacking tips and self-optimization. Do yourself a favor: Put away the self-help guides. Read a novel... more »


Jan. 11, 2018 | With stylish prose and showy erudition, The New Criterion respectably skewered academic jargon and defended high culture. Then came Roger Kimball... more »


Jan. 10, 2018 | We tell ourselves that animals lack thought, emotion, and an understanding of death. Those are frail distinctions — they’re more like us than we think... more »


Jan. 9, 2018 | When work changes, companies reward new ways of feeling about it. Enter corporate mindfulness. But what about when breathing exercises aren't enough?... more »


Jan. 8, 2018 | The internet divides us; facts can make us dumber; debunking leads only to more bunk. Those are the tenets of our "post-truth" era. Don't believe them... more »


Jan. 6, 2018 | There were 10 to 20 of them, scientists and philosophers. They met on Thursday evenings, calling themselves the Vienna Circle. We're still struggling with the aftermath... more »


Jan. 5, 2018 | Defying the finger-wagging consensus that rational eating means nutrition over pleasure, Henry Finck, a music critic, undertook a new crusade: showing Americans how to savor flavor... more »


Jan. 4, 2018 | Think of how readily we accept what a female writer is, or should be. Women are best at looking inward; men are truth-tellers. Women feel, men report... more »


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