Jan. 1, 2011 | Wagner and his Ring are so easy to ridicule. So why is it that after the snickering dies away, people line up in their thousands to keep hearing this music?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Rabbi Meir Kahane and his Jewish Defense League made Soviet Jewry the focus of his aggressive 1960s activism. But then one day, a bomb in Sol Hurok''s New York office changed everything'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'The Locovore movement brings to mind William Morris and Arts and Crafts. His wallpaper and books didn''t stop the industrial revolution. But he left a legacy of beautiful things'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | However unpalatable it might be to our sense of racial pride, we as black people need to read the dead white men with alacrity, says Lindsay Johns, defending the canon... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Progressives are not nihilists, nor are they opposed to the Constitution, nor are they socialists with a utopian faith in inevitable progress. Conor Williams to the defense of progressivism... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Michel Houellebecq thinks Alexis de Tocqueville has real prophetic powers. In fact, he predicted Houellebecq himself, an artist who believes in love and in eternal, unlimited happiness... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'John Henry Newman''s conception of a university was a serene and beautiful vindication of an old ideal of the scholarly life. Perhaps it has no place in the world today'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | So far as the free world was concerned, said Gen. Walter Bedell Smith in 1954, French forces at Dien Bien Phu were engaged in a modern Thermopylae. Who else saw it that way?... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'David Markson''s library is dispersed, carried off by customers of The Strand bookstore. But much has been gained, and a dead man''s wishes have been honored'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Okay to hate the Pope. Anti-Catholic prejudice is one of the main themes of todayâ?'s increasingly conformist imagination, argues Frank Furedi... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Asked by a British historian why Lenin still lies in Red Square, an angry Vladimir Putin asked why a statue of Cromwell stands by Parliament in London. Look what Cromwell did to Ireland... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Independence of mind - as opposed to servility of mind - requires that we think our own thoughts: poor things many of them may be, but they are our own, and we have reasons for them... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | I, Rigoberta Menchú. Was it really "a tissue of lies," and "one of the greatest hoaxes of the 20th century"? Or was it a fine, perhaps even immortal, book? Greg Grandin argues his case... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | A skilled actor pretending to be a medical expert can, alas, fool even real medical experts. The implications of this depressing fact are good news for Big Pharma... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Attenborough meets Dawkins. It''s almost too good to be true: on earth, life has come about in an intelligible process. And we''re the only earthly species that can understand it'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Political correctness is silencing a debate that Germans need to be having. Thilo Sarrazin has now been forced from his position at the Bundesbank, punished for having the wrong opinions... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | For Peter Singer, the defining idea of the coming decade will be the Internet, which will democratize education, economics, and the media... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Stars, planets, airplane lights? How dull. Much more arresting is the notion that we are so fascinating that aliens would travel zillions of miles through space just to visit us... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Greece''s debt is about a quarter of a million dollars for each working adult. But it gets even worse. Michael Lewis advises: Beware of Greeks bearing bonds'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | 'Women - beheaded, burned to death, stoned, stabbed, electrocuted, strangled and buried alive - for the honor of their families. It''s barbaric and shameful, says Robert Fisk'... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | â?'Thoughts are magnetic," says Rhonda Byrne, "and they magnetically attract all like things that are on the same frequency.â? Money must be on the same frequency... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | Lady Chatterley produced a literary show trial, with scholars forced to overpraise a rather bad novel. They can be thankful there hasnâ?'t been another such spectacle since... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | While the intelligence needed to make a universe is superior to ours, it is recognizably similar to our own, argues John Gribbin. It need not mark an infinite and mysterious God... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | As it moved from desktop to pocket, the idea of the Web as a medium driven by expression, attention, and reputation has fallen into doubt... more »

Jan. 1, 2011 | It has become my passion to expand evolutionary theory beyond the biological sciences to include all things human. says David Sloan Wilson... more »

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