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<strong>Mozart&rsquo;s revolution.</strong> He composed for aristocrats and the public alike, exploding class lines in a frenzy of creativity

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:52
Mozart’s revolution. He composed for aristocrats and the public alike, exploding class lines in a frenzy of creativity

The <strong>history of psychiatry</strong> is the history of our beliefs about our own minds. Breakthrough and disappointment, dogmas and counter-dogmas

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:52
The history of psychiatry is the history of our beliefs about our own minds. Breakthrough and disappointment, dogmas and counter-dogmas

"How much you can learn from someone by looking very carefully at them without judgement.&rdquo; <strong>Lucian Freud&rsquo;s brute nudity</strong>

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:52
"How much you can learn from someone by looking very carefully at them without judgement.” Lucian Freud’s brute nudity

The odyssey of <strong>Sean Wilentz</strong>, part New York intellectual, part Beltway pundit, part meticulous historian

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 20:38
The odyssey of Sean Wilentz, part New York intellectual, part Beltway pundit, part meticulous historian

It cannot be the <strong>fate of the book</strong> to become tweetlike. The book must stand above. A case study in what happens when it doesn't

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 20:38
It cannot be the fate of the book to become tweetlike. The book must stand above. A case study in what happens when it doesn't

The web is awash in tips from successful <strong>women writers</strong> &mdash; here&rsquo;s what they&rsquo;re reading, their Sunday routine. Does it help us understand them?

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 20:38
The web is awash in tips from successful women writers — here’s what they’re reading, their Sunday routine. Does it help us understand them?

<strong>How Islam shaped Western thought.</strong> The antagonistic relationship led to a flowering of political philosophy, thought experiment, and polemics

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 18:36
How Islam shaped Western thought. The antagonistic relationship led to a flowering of political philosophy, thought experiment, and polemics

&ldquo;A monster of arrogance and inconsideration.&rdquo; <strong>Susan Sontag</strong> cut through received wisdom and cant &mdash; an approach sorely missing today

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 18:36
“A monster of arrogance and inconsideration.” Susan Sontag cut through received wisdom and cant — an approach sorely missing today

<strong>Pity the precocious?</strong> The hyper-intelligent often suffer from boredom, isolation, and depression &mdash; and so genius may not be the gift we perceive it to be

Sun, 05/19/2019 - 17:32
Pity the precocious? The hyper-intelligent often suffer from boredom, isolation, and depression — and so genius may not be the gift we perceive it to be

<strong>Hemingway, war correspondent</strong>. His arrangement with <em>Collier&rsquo;s</em> magazine was doomed from the start &mdash; and a $187,000 expense claim didn&rsquo;t help

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:54
Hemingway, war correspondent. His arrangement with Collier’s magazine was doomed from the start — and a $187,000 expense claim didn’t help

As <strong>Oliver Sacks</strong> wrote, between mania and depression lies &ldquo;a narrow ridge of normality.&rdquo; Despite his best efforts, he sometimes slipped off that ridge

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:54
As Oliver Sacks wrote, between mania and depression lies “a narrow ridge of normality.” Despite his best efforts, he sometimes slipped off that ridge

New books reinterpret <strong>Homeric poems</strong> toward feminist ends. But in advancing a 21st-century politics, do they rob readers of ethical ambiguities?

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:54
New books reinterpret Homeric poems toward feminist ends. But in advancing a 21st-century politics, do they rob readers of ethical ambiguities?

<strong>Nathan Glazer</strong> was the rare social scientist who was as indifferent to grand theorizing as he was to ideological consistency

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 18:33
Nathan Glazer was the rare social scientist who was as indifferent to grand theorizing as he was to ideological consistency

In the last decades of the 19th century, s&eacute;ances abounded, and austere sects speculated about geology. <strong>Darwin&rsquo;s world</strong> was awash with spiritualized science

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 18:33
In the last decades of the 19th century, séances abounded, and austere sects speculated about geology. Darwin’s world was awash with spiritualized science

One notable thing about <strong>Stefan Zweig&rsquo;s writing</strong> is how varied the reactions to it have been &mdash; in his own time and our own

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 18:33
One notable thing about Stefan Zweig’s writing is how varied the reactions to it have been — in his own time and our own

<strong>Harper Lee</strong> was always writing &mdash; letters, casino reviews, bar ballads. Why wasn&rsquo;t she wasn&rsquo;t publishing anything?

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 18:31
Harper Lee was always writing — letters, casino reviews, bar ballads. Why wasn’t she wasn’t publishing anything?

&ldquo;Tonight I have achieved a fresh perspective on myself. I now understand my sexuality." <strong>Foucault on LSD</strong>

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 18:31
“Tonight I have achieved a fresh perspective on myself. I now understand my sexuality." Foucault on LSD

<strong>Make philosophy great again</strong>. The field has been reduced to bland Continental and analytic variants &mdash; a trend that must be reversed

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 18:31
Make philosophy great again. The field has been reduced to bland Continental and analytic variants — a trend that must be reversed

Artificial humans are a clich&eacute; of science fiction. When they finally arrive, they will seem to some a disappointment. <strong>Ian McEwan</strong> explains

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 18:50
Artificial humans are a cliché of science fiction. When they finally arrive, they will seem to some a disappointment. Ian McEwan explains

<strong>The problem with eternity</strong>: it is undesirable and incoherent; it kills meaning and collapses value. Can this realization be liberating?

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 18:50
The problem with eternity: it is undesirable and incoherent; it kills meaning and collapses value. Can this realization be liberating?