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"A dinosaur of an art form." <strong>Opera</strong> has never taken root in America. Is it simply too expensive to thrive &mdash; or even to survive?

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 18:07
"A dinosaur of an art form." Opera has never taken root in America. Is it simply too expensive to thrive — or even to survive?

Old age confers a certain freedom to say what one thinks. <strong>Donald Hall</strong>, who died this year, took full advantage

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 18:07
Old age confers a certain freedom to say what one thinks. Donald Hall, who died this year, took full advantage

For <strong>Elizabeth Bishop</strong>, solitude was bliss. It meant comfort, adventure, and jaunts around &ldquo;the islands of the Imagination&rdquo;

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 18:07
For Elizabeth Bishop, solitude was bliss. It meant comfort, adventure, and jaunts around “the islands of the Imagination”

Monologues last for hundreds of pages; sentences repeat with subtle, endless differences; the plot is indescribable. Behold: the world&rsquo;s <strong>least readable book</strong>

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 18:53
Monologues last for hundreds of pages; sentences repeat with subtle, endless differences; the plot is indescribable. Behold: the world’s least readable book

Overconfident, often drunk, a foe to feminism, <strong>Norman Mailer</strong> is an odd fit for our time. As his work comes back into print, what does it mean for our culture?

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 18:53
Overconfident, often drunk, a foe to feminism, Norman Mailer is an odd fit for our time. As his work comes back into print, what does it mean for our culture?

The death of the <strong>celebrity profile</strong>. It&rsquo;s been supplanted by Instagram and the first-person essays of the famous. The loss to public culture is real

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 18:53
The death of the celebrity profile. It’s been supplanted by Instagram and the first-person essays of the famous. The loss to public culture is real

<strong>Tolstoy</strong> died an eccentric, self-denying, hypocritical, despised, beloved, myopic visionary. Ever since, people have tried to follow his example

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:45
Tolstoy died an eccentric, self-denying, hypocritical, despised, beloved, myopic visionary. Ever since, people have tried to follow his example

A publishing romance. James Laughlin was 6-foot-6, a handsome champion skier. <strong>Tennessee Williams</strong> was hunched over and wore dirty gray pants. The rest was history

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:45
A publishing romance. James Laughlin was 6-foot-6, a handsome champion skier. Tennessee Williams was hunched over and wore dirty gray pants. The rest was history

Remembering the <strong><em>Village Voice.</em></strong> Drugs were delivered to the office, writers stabbed one another in the back, headlocks were occasionally employed

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:45
Remembering the Village Voice. Drugs were delivered to the office, writers stabbed one another in the back, headlocks were occasionally employed

An accursed genre of <strong>personal essay</strong> has now emerged: &ldquo;My Year of Being Held Responsible for My Own Behavior&rdquo;

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 18:48
An accursed genre of personal essay has now emerged: “My Year of Being Held Responsible for My Own Behavior”

What if you could start a <strong>canon from scratch</strong>? <em>New York</em> magazine thought it'd be fun to try. Here's what a 21st-century canon might look like

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 17:43
What if you could start a canon from scratch? New York magazine thought it'd be fun to try. Here's what a 21st-century canon might look like

<strong>Nietzsche</strong> aimed to terrify rather than instruct. If his philosophy can be used as therapy, it&rsquo;s through the ability to deliver an electric jolt to our souls

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 17:43
Nietzsche aimed to terrify rather than instruct. If his philosophy can be used as therapy, it’s through the ability to deliver an electric jolt to our souls

David Streitfeld looks back on <strong>David Foster Wallace</strong>, who sent chain letters and considered becoming &ldquo;an advice columnist for the highly distraught&rdquo;

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 18:39
David Streitfeld looks back on David Foster Wallace, who sent chain letters and considered becoming “an advice columnist for the highly distraught”

Across nearly 50 books, <strong>Terry Eagleton</strong> has proven the adage that being usefully wrong is often better than being trivially right

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 18:39
Across nearly 50 books, Terry Eagleton has proven the adage that being usefully wrong is often better than being trivially right

<strong>Maeve Brennan</strong> had lost it. She was sleeping next to a <em>The New Yorker</em> bathroom and giving away her money. All William Shawn would say was, &ldquo;She&rsquo;s a beautiful writer&rdquo;

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 18:39
Maeve Brennan had lost it. She was sleeping next to a The New Yorker bathroom and giving away her money. All William Shawn would say was, “She’s a beautiful writer”

The <strong>five radical types</strong>: democrats, Manicheans, identitarians, propagandists, and technocrats. We need more of the first and the last. Cass Sunstein explains

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 17:40
The five radical types: democrats, Manicheans, identitarians, propagandists, and technocrats. We need more of the first and the last. Cass Sunstein explains

<strong>John Steinbeck</strong> was a bad husband. How bad? On his wedding night, he spent more than an hour on the phone with his mistress

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 17:40
John Steinbeck was a bad husband. How bad? On his wedding night, he spent more than an hour on the phone with his mistress

When we are young, we are taught that <strong>art comes from lofty places</strong> &mdash; the pursuit of truth, beauty, sublimity. Nonsense. It comes from antipathy, insecurity, jealousy

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 17:40
When we are young, we are taught that art comes from lofty places — the pursuit of truth, beauty, sublimity. Nonsense. It comes from antipathy, insecurity, jealousy

In 1791, a depressed Austrian woman wrote to Kant seeking advice. She later killed herself. Oh, the folly of <strong>asking philosophers for practical advice</strong>

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 17:47
In 1791, a depressed Austrian woman wrote to Kant seeking advice. She later killed herself. Oh, the folly of asking philosophers for practical advice

The aggression of <strong>Anthony Burgess</strong>. He skewered John le Carr&eacute;, Stephen Hawking, and Umberto Eco. He even skewered himself

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 17:47
The aggression of Anthony Burgess. He skewered John le Carré, Stephen Hawking, and Umberto Eco. He even skewered himself