Feb. 20, 2018 | The historian Yuval Harari champions “Dataism”; thinks emotions are simply algorithms; and says people will become like gods in the future. He is wrong, says David Berlinski... more »

Feb. 19, 2018 | As a young writer, Philip Roth would begin each morning by shouting “Attack! Attack!” at himself in the mirror. Why would such a man cease writing?... more »

Feb. 17, 2018 | David Jones — engraver, soldier, painter, poet— overcame war, a nervous breakdown, and episodes of erotic frustration. He was the greatest modernist Britain ever produced... more »

Feb. 16, 2018 | King Arthur was actually a Roman centurion named Artorius — or so holds an intriguing if implausible theory. Dipping into Celtic history is dangerous for writers’ reputations... more »

Feb. 15, 2018 | The historian Reinhart Koselleck proposed that world history be divided into three epochs: pre-horse, horse, and post-horse. Now horses are “ghosts of modernity”... more »

Feb. 14, 2018 | Jack Kerouac: mindless hedonist and word-vomiting miscreant. Or the humblest, most devoted American religious writer of the 20th century?... more »

Feb. 13, 2018 | Tina Brown has fame, fortune, and little respect. Even her successes are seen less as the result of her editorial vision than of her willingness to spend money... more »

Feb. 12, 2018 | We may not always know why we kiss, but we do it all the time, which is kind of disturbing, and absurd when you think about it. Kristen Roupenian explains... more »

Feb. 10, 2018 | Owls are the most human of birds, fixtures of mythology and literature. They're remarkable, but can they really cure certain medical conditions?... more »

Feb. 9, 2018 | For Rob Rieman, there's nothing wrong with Europe that its own best traditions can’t cure. Specifically, a rekindled nobility of spirit -- whatever that means... more »

Feb. 8, 2018 | Martin Amis said he was done insulting people in print, but he merely turned his ire on older writers. Is there glory in dissecting the frailties of one’s elders?... more »

Feb. 7, 2018 | Self-help has become the optimization industry. The advice remains interesting rather than useful, and the gurus are still muscular middle-aged men with shaven heads... more »

Feb. 6, 2018 | Bibliophiles dream of discovering Byron’s memoir or Plath’s missing novel. Lost books tantalize because they represent holes in the intellectual firmament... more »

Feb. 5, 2018 | Leon Kass is a scold — about higher education, liberal intellectuals, dating, sports, and especially modern science. Yet he somehow produces a bracing argument for what makes a life worth living... more »

Feb. 3, 2018 | The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was the first major history of Nazi Germany and remains the most-read book on the subject. Time for a corrective... more »

Feb. 2, 2018 | Darwinism is loaded with cultural and aesthetic baggage rarely found in science. Has evolutionary theory become a religion?... more »

Feb. 1, 2018 | The fascinating, if now largely forgotten, life of John Selden: known as “England’s chief rabbi,” expert in Arabic chronicles, imprisoned in the Tower of London... more »

Jan. 31, 2018 | Martin Amis's nonfiction includes a fair share of chestnuts. He is most alive when engaged in the scrupulous celebration of other writers' prose... more »

Jan. 30, 2018 | It may feel as though we read less now than we did before smartphones and social media. But statistics do not bear that out. So why is the feeling so prevalent?... more »

Jan. 29, 2018 | Joni Mitchell's authenticity is quintessential. But authenticity in art is, of course, also an aesthetic effect. And her art was a product of artifice as much as honesty... more »

Jan. 27, 2018 | Why do people in certain cities — London, New York, Paris — become radicalized, sparking revolutions that expand the limits of what's politically imaginable?... more »

Jan. 26, 2018 | To call out falseness is to risk being accused of condescension. So there are reasons to hold your tongue, some more legitimate than others... more »

Jan. 25, 2018 | “Tell me what you eat," it's been said, "and I shall tell you what you are.” But a person’s diet is just as often the least interesting thing about her... more »

Jan. 24, 2018 | The Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Epic of Gilgamesh were preserved through oral tradition. What has been gained, and lost, from writing things down?... more »

Jan. 23, 2018 | What was a sensitive Jewish intellectual doing with a brutal Cossack regiment? Isaac Babel would take any risk to experience unexpected situations and strange people... more »

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