Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The problem with vaginas is that awful things happen to them, says Caitlin Moran. "Vaginas get torn. Vaginas get ''examined.'' Evidence is found in them. Serial killers leave things in them"'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | The symphony orchestra was once central to the intellectual life of a city. No more, and too bad: The concert hall is a refuge in our age of distracted, self-destroying restlessness... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Technologically savvy Scandinavian sociopaths; black maids; clandestine military operations; sexy vampires; talking dogs: What does the best-seller list say about American culture?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Eco-ignorance. Up to 95 percent of organisms in the soil are unknown to science, and by the end of the century, one-quarter of them will wriggle off this mortal coil into oblivion... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'We want universities to be engines of economic growth. More graduates = higher GDP, right? But look at Switzerland''s strong economy and low enrollment rate'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | It is becoming physically harder to read a book in print. Online connections have disconnected us from ourselves. Johann Hari is mounting a resistance... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | The politics of rescue. Michael Walzer has questions: Is humanitarianism a duty or a gift? A responsibility of states or individuals? Maimonides has answers... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Practicing pica. Nothing satisfies like a clump of hair, a bite of chalk, or a piece of toilet paper. If we are what we eat, what are we who eat food that isn''t food?'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Before Robert Nozick helped legitimate it, libertarianism was the creed of smart-set rogues and cranks. Then, says Stephen Metcalf, the philosopher abandoned the movement. Why?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | War is horrible and great, repellent and seductive, the stuff of great stories. But those stories are not just modeled from war, says Drew Faust. They are models of war... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Marshall McLuhan is the Marx of the media age. But his Catholicism was no deadening opiate. It made him more ambitious and far-reaching... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | The potential of human action to do good and evil is larger than it has ever been before, says Nick Bostrom. "We might even be able to change human nature itself"... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'There is a place for mystery in science, but Stephen Law wants to make something clear: Non-empirical beliefs that ignore reality aren''t mysteries, they''re bull'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Is evolutionary psychology guilty of intellectual overreach? Timothy Wilson finds fault with its attempts to explain everything. Dan Gilbert and Steve Pinker find fault with Wilson... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Hard to say what''s more ridiculous: reading Ayn Rand or sitting through a three-part film adaptation of Atlas Shrugged. Pick your poison'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Austan Goolsbee, Christina Romer, and Larry Summers have returned to academe, taking with them the tarnished reputation of Keynesianism... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | In the market for a new philosophy? Rebecca Goldstein has a tip: Postmodernists are out; rationalists are in; short-sell Heidegger because the smart money is on Spinoza... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'A.C. Grayling''s decision to open a private liberal-arts college in London reveals higher education as a strictly luxury good. Cue the outrage'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Ken Burns''s account of the Civil War is an endlessly compelling story of heroism, reunion, and freedom. Too bad the film is misleading, reductive, and yet enduringly influential'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Ordinary or pathological, situational or existential, boredom is the natural condition of man. Distracting oneself from that fact is a full-time job. Reading this essay is one way to start... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'You''re immersed in the digital slipstream, running with the cyberherd. Yet you consider yourself immune to hive-oriented behavior and thinking? Sven Birkerts thinks you''re deluded'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'After three weeks in the jungle with Maoist rebels, Arundhati Roy didn''t want to leave. "There is romance in their resistance," she says from her spacious home in an affluent New Delhi neighborhood'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Whether giving a pig an enema, or watching a spider trap its prey, E.B. White felt a kinship for animals that he never felt for people... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Whither expertise? Public discourse is awash in ideologically motivated misinformation. The blame falls upon scholars who can''t speak beyond their narrow disciplines'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | By day, Stephen Griffiths pursued his doctorate in homicide studies, writing a dissertation on 19th-century methods of murder. By night, he employed 14th-century tactics on his victims... more »

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