Jan. 1, 2010 | The Shakers were good, plain, celibate folks who made great furniture. Yes, and when it came to breaking up families, they could be master villains... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Events happen in Burma, and then they are systematically unhappened. Consider the dreadful cyclone of 2008, and how many chickens it killed... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Ernest Gellner was instinctively opposed to all lazy thinking, clichés of the right or the left. He was, of course, attacked by academics through his life... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | White guilt. Making guilty noises signals status and sophistication, with high priests of the intelligentsia earning psychic wages, like bankersâ?? bonuses... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | The subatomic world is the perfect arena for imaginative theory and sheer fantasy. Jeremy Bernstein is a man who knows the difference... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Women in the 20th century moved toward more autonomy, self-confidence, skills, and income, with many individuals caught in the confusion... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Was it the starry firmament above, or maybe sand cascading through someoneâ?'s open fingers? What experience incited the first intuitions of infinity?... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Having set before Americans the highest ideals of gastronomy, France has a unique power to let Americans down. And so it has, argues Michael Steinberger... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | God 2.0. The quantum flapdoodle of New Age author Deepak Chopra is a failed effort to update medieval theology... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Anarchists were for Marx wild children who were incapable of building a new social order. Yes, but they saw the authoritarian bent in Marxism... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | The 17th century saw the creation of a feedback loop: liberty and science begat prosperity, which begat more liberty and technology, which begat... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | For Kai Bird, two tragedies - the Shoah and the Palestinian exodus of 1948, known as the Nakba - are â?'the bookends of my lifeâ?... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Spies? Fools and traitors. "Pansies, sadists, and drunkards, people who play cowboys and Indians to brighten their rotten lives"... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | â?'I am myself the matter of my bookâ? wrote Michel de Montaigne. He knew that by being so, he was engaged in producing something wholly original... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Women can be as immoral, malicious, and violent as chaps. Anyone shocked by this hasn''t paid attention in history class, let alone the nightly news'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Arundhati Roy now trades in the wildest forms of anti-Americanism and the crudest critiques of capitalism. She has become an outright reactionary... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Emily Dickinson''s father viewed his son''s work as near to Shakespeare. He didn''t see that his tiny daughter in her velvet snood was a great poet of her age'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | 'Kaiser Wilhelm''s plan was to unleash the furies of Islamic power, a jihad, on the British Raj and harness the glories of the Near East to German interests'... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | The American character as a phrase sounds rather antiquated. Yet it still has life in it, or so sociologist Claude S. Fischer sets out to demonstrate... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Mathematician as romantic hero. The idea still has appeal, though it seems today slightly less than fully grown up. Consider Ã?variste Galois... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Abhorring animal cruelty does not entail the idea that all animals, humans included, sit at the same moral level. Peter Singer has an argument to answer... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Voting systems. Choose them we must, while realizing that there is no single system perfect for all peoples in every historical epoch... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | Charles Rosen describes the romantic sensibility as a craving for emotional experience, an aesthetic of rising sentiment... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | The sonnet is with us still: to write a sonnet is to join in a line of poets that stretches back for centuries... more »

Jan. 1, 2010 | â??My time will come,â? Gustav Mahler used to say when he felt unappreciated. He was right, of course. But is he now overrated? Or just overhyped... more »

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