Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The crowded, poverty-stricken slums of Mumbai and São Paulo horrify Western eyes. They shouldn''t. Such cities represent growth and aspiration'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | If thought depends on neurons, and the soul depends on squishy wet parts, then we are our brains. How creepy. How fascinating... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Essays are a "loose sally of the mind," but Montaigne''s were marked by an intellectual humility not common among opinionators today'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | If Ronald Dworkin were a hotel he would be the Savoy, but a Savoy open to all, with guests spilling into every room, talking, arguing, laughing... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Drugs, drink, relentless womanizing, an early death - Modigliani remains the quintessential self-destroying artist... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'In The Fugitive, Stanley Fish sees a story about liberalism''s central tension: Society and responsibility on one side, absolute freedom on the other'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Some Indian politicians have been original thinkers - Gandhi, Nehru - but is there an indigenously Indian way of politics?... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Philosophers used to entertain grand existential questions. Now they toil in highly technical nooks. We need more throwbacks like Stanley Cavell... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Translators braced for "a storm of opposition" to what was in essence a vanity project, but the King James Bible went on to endure for 400 years... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | To Net prophets like Clay Shirky, there is little about the Web that is not benign. But cyberutopianism is at odds with economic reality. Welcome to the digital plantation... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Tedious and predictable, The Oxford Companion to the Book epitomizes the pitfalls of conventional academic thinking... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Sexual economics 101: Men represent demand, and women supply. It''s a catchy formula, and perhaps obvious, but it little resembles reality'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The Internet isn''t making you stupid or unhappy or less productive. But it might be subverting your creativity'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | '"I was a mistake. My mother didn''t want to have me. I wish, I still wish, she had wanted me." - Marilyn Monroe, whose life is a feast for Freudians'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Brain-science enthusiasts promise a more peaceful and prosperous world. Great, right? Maybe not. Raymond Tallis punctures neuromania... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | The economic bleeding has been stanched, but an awful fact remains: Unregulated, oversized finance is inherently prone to crisis... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Sure, the future of publishing looks grim. But not entirely. A new literary culture is taking root in the digital world... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | George Santayana thought highly of himself - and little of others, especially his Harvard colleagues and their "trivial and narrow scholarship"... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'It''s true: Few intellectuals change the world. But consider the life of a certain impoverished, carbuncle-ridden Jewish exile'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | In 1940, Hannah Arendt wrote to Gershom Scholem about the suicide of their friend Walter Benjamin. The often adversarial correspondence continued for more than a decade... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | We are drowning in a flood of information. Our task, says Freeman Dyson, is to create islands of meaning... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | Scientific efforts to create life are heavily freighted by thousands of years of mythmaking about what science can and should be. John Gray explains... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | How did the armies of Mordor cope with defeat? A retelling of The Lord of the Rings is more complicated and less sentimental than the original... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'If belief in God is an adaptive illusion, then fear of God''s watchful eye might explain our predisposition to moralistic religious beliefs'... more »


Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Charismatic and obscene, Bobby Fischer seemed entirely too fantastic. Garry Kasparov tried to look away, but he couldn''t'... more »


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