Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Maligned as a gold digger, Wallis Simpson in fact never wanted Edward VIII to abdicate the throne. She wasn''t even in love with him'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'In the 80s, academic humanists asked, "What should we be reading, and how?" Today they''re consumed by a dilemma far more dismal: Why bother?'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Corruption, buffoonery, racial demagoguery, ever-growing inequality: Welcome to the slow-motion catastrophe that is South Africa... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Modigliani''s charm, looks, and taste for narcotics were infamous among the Paris cafe crowd. By 35, he''d slid from dandyism to dereliction to death'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | A peek inside the Vatican archive reveals an inescapable truth: Never underestimate the mind-numbing boredom of convent life... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | An audacious act of self-parody, the manifesto is more performance than proposition. Avant-gardists mastered the form... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Grief is a lonely yet enticing place. Burrow in too far, however, and sorrow becomes all you know. Write about it and risk being branded a solipsist... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | '"Odd gnome, half cad - with a touch of genius." That''s T.E. Lawrence - scholar, soldier, sophisticate, naïf, and the most ambiguous of heroes'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Surprise, surprise: A Harvard literary critic''s passionate brief for serious reading boils down to a defense of literary critics'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Derrida and Foucault were something other than charlatans. What, exactly, is becoming clear now that the theory wars are over... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Was Gandhi gay? Perhaps. But Andrew Roberts is certain of this: Gandhi was "a sexual weirdo, a political incompetent, and a fanatical faddist"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'It''s been said that making enemies is easy but keeping them is hard. Neither has proved to be a struggle for Norman Podhoretz'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'When her daughter died, Edith Piaf slept with a man to pay for the burial. The melancholy grit of Piaf''s voice was hard-earned'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'What''s this? A catchy new name for an everyday phenomenon whose benefits are counterintuitively overstated? Must be the latest Big Idea book'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Why read? Literature recasts the world in an intimate and productively strange light, says Marjorie Garber. Prose can endow us with startling power... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Box-office poison: In an age of literary brands, is anything more commercially self-destructive than a writer who insists on an eclectic oeuvre?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'As neuroscience encroaches on the humanities, it''s time to ask: Will Shakespeare be diminished by our peeking inside the human mind?'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Drunk on a cocktail of big ideas, Deb Olin Unferth - a Christian of Marxist-Kierkegaardian persuasion - ran off to join the revolution... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Parodies work best as poison darts aimed straight at the puffed-up and smug. Killer takedowns reveal a timeless truth: Everybody is full of it... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Rubbing his eyes in astonishment, Garry Wills asks: How does so much praise get attached to a book "so inept and shallow"?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The private sector sees the professoriate as a coddled, loudmouthed elite with sinecures protected by tenure. Not exactly... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Imagine Jesus - not Muhammad - had been mocked in a Danish newspaper. Would there have been much sympathy for offended Christians?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Who owns yoga? Now that it''s a multibillion-dollar industry, everyone wants a piece of the action. But yoga''s history is a palimpsest'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Artistic elephants and compassionate gorillas? There''s something odd about projecting human values onto other species'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Adam Smith, far from being an apostle of free-market capitalism, advocated full employment, high wages, high taxes, and big government... more »


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