Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Sibling rivalry. Thomas Mann never quite got over the fact that it was his brother Heinrich''s novels that the Nazis burned'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The idea of Humphrey Bogart. Stoic, melancholic, humane, even idealistic, Bogie''s characters saw a point in at least trying to right wrongs'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | It takes an unusual intellectual - shrewd, polemical, willfully ignorant - to title a book Why Marx Was Right, and Terry Eagleton is all that... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'David Thomson''s dictionary of film - five editions in 35 years, more than 1,000 pages - is a book meant to be argued with. Clive James is game'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Shostakovich: party hack or secret dissident? Listen closely: Here is an ironist who scorned the Communist Party he submitted to... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Nearing 70, E.M. Forster cracked open his diary to note "how annoyed I am with Society for wasting my time by making homosexuality criminal"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Tenured professors enjoy speech protections. Yet when it comes to the execrable treatment of grad students and adjuncts, they''ve been awfully quiet'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | This year I almost died, reveals Clive James. Had he done so, we would have lost a brilliant prose stylist, intellect, wit, and poet... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | That Heda Margolius Kovály had to write a memoir about life under Nazism and Communism is a horror. That she did it so well is a gift... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'YouTube''s latest intellectual star is a 75-year-old Marxist anthropologist. Surprising? So is this: His ideas are at odds with Marxism'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | There is only one rule, wrote Pauline Kael. "Astonish us!" When a film failed, she was unsparing: "Unfunny camp is contemptible"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Structure, rhythm, precision - any good sentence is good in its own way. The best ones can move peoples'' souls'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | If, as has been said, the city is "a conscious work of art," then Jane Jacobs has been its most mindful critic... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'How did a first-generation Turkish grad student end up driving around San Francisco with Isaac Babel''s 90-year-old widow riding shotgun?'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Mussolini conceived it, Hitler commissioned it, Stalin perfected it, Saddam obsessed over the design of it: totalitarian art... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | A "precocious knack for hackery" earned Simon Schama the derisive label of popularizer. Is that such a bad thing? ... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The delightfully eclectic writer Geoff Dyer writes so well about so many things. Too bad his favorite subject is himself... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Lies can be "necessary and virtuous," says John Mearsheimer, who finds democracies - not dictatorships - to be most adept at political deceit... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Tina Fey has turned superficial self-deprecation into shtick. The lesson for female comics: Be unthreatening and men might let you join the show... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Socrates dismissed money as irrelevant and even inimical to the good life. But what is so morally corrosive about material comfort?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Philip Larkin described sex as a futile attempt to get "someone else to blow your own nose for you." Funny, right? Now imagine being his lover... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Murder most entertaining. Crime stories are a ghoulishly satisfying reminder that although murder is possible, it hasn''t yet happened to you'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Rootless but disciplined, a black man joins a religious community that he ultimately outgrows. It''s Malcolm X''s story. Barack Obama''s, too'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | In 1896, the Cambridge don Solomon Schechter climbed behind a wall in a Cairo synagogue and discovered the detritus of an entire civilization... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | '"The least Indian of Indian leaders": V.S. Naipaul''s astute assessment of Gandhi, whose social conscience was forged reading Tolstoy in South Africa'... more »


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