Sept. 28, 2020 | Will Self is known for both his gloom and his antic joviality. His memoir reveals a life spent skirting every commitment — except to inebriation ... more »


Sept. 26, 2020 | What is a Shakespearean sensibility? Via musicality, rhythm, grandeur, "we seem to hear words pushing restlessly through the soil of thinking."   ... more »


Sept. 25, 2020 | Though their work is rooted in the visual, most art historians are readers rather than lookers. Leo Steinberg was different  ... more »


Sept. 24, 2020 | Streaming music is more efficient than CDs, right? Wrong. “The environmental cost of music is now greater than at any time”  ... more »


Sept. 23, 2020 | Walter Gropius achieved fame by passing off Lucia Moholy’s work as his own. Meanwhile, she lived in poverty  ... more »


Sept. 22, 2020 | In the ’60s, predictive voter analytics was taken as science fiction, as dystopian, as a scandal. Now we meekly accept it... more »


Sept. 21, 2020 | For Vivian Gornick, feminism was a new way of interpreting the world. Then, around 1980, she returned to literature  ... more »


Sept. 19, 2020 | Was Beowulf a bro? A new, feminist version of the epic paints a fierce picture of masculine weakness  ... more »


Sept. 18, 2020 | It’s been said that the correspondence of great artists and idealists is mostly about money. Van Gogh is no exception  ... more »


Sept. 17, 2020 | The Reformation was “one of the worst periods in the history of knowledge.” Why? Its fondness for book burning... more »


Sept. 16, 2020 | How to think about disaster. Accepting one’s place in a vast, complex, and violent world is healthier than it sounds... more »


Sept. 15, 2020 | When Christopher met Martin. It happened at the New Statesman in the early '70s. Now Hitchens is at the heart of Amis's new novel... more »


Sept. 14, 2020 | Neanderthals walked the earth for 350,000 years. We don't know how they disappeared, but we know more than ever before about how they lived  ... more »


Sept. 12, 2020 | Nathalie Sarraute is remembered as a “boring formalist” within the insipid “new novel” movement. She was much more than that   ... more »


Sept. 11, 2020 | When William James gave up on religion, he went in search of a new avenue to save his life. Can his approach help you save your own?   ... more »


Sept. 10, 2020 | For more than a century, Wagner's music has been a "drug or even a poison, a cult with members who are sometimes fanatics, not fans"   ... more »


Sept. 9, 2020 | The problems we face — environmental, political, humanitarian — are obvious. Do we still need the painstaking intellectual work of theorizing them?   ... more »


Sept. 8, 2020 | Starving artists. It’s easier than ever to share your creativity with the world, but harder to make a living doing so   ... more »


Sept. 7, 2020 | "Whenever they burn books," said Heinrich Heine, "they will also, in the end, burn people." A history of knowledge under attack   ... more »


Sept. 5, 2020 | The paradox of Graham Greene: He wrote so deftly about international politics, yet was an alarmingly unsophisticated political thinker  ... more »


Sept. 4, 2020 | Warhol's wounds. After he was shot, in 1968, he needed a girdle to keep his innards in place. But he liked being topless. "Paint me with my scars"   ... more »


Sept. 3, 2020 | Time speeds up as you age, or so it seems. What's really going on is rather more complicated than that  ... more »


Sept. 2, 2020 | Conversation among New Yorkers can seem less like a discussion than a verbal wrestling match. Can a sociolinguist explain? Fuhgeddaboutit... more »


Sept. 1, 2020 | For a moment, London's Mecklenburgh Square was a place where a new kind of thinking was possible  ... more »


Aug. 31, 2020 | A novelist’s work is solitary, and it’s a job that tends to attract misanthropes. Zadie Smith is an exception   ... more »


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