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Have we fundamentally misunderstood our relationship with the Earth? <strong>Bruno Latour</strong> suspects so, and goes to meet the 98-year old behind the &ldquo;Gaia&rdquo; hypothesis

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 18:40
Have we fundamentally misunderstood our relationship with the Earth? Bruno Latour suspects so, and goes to meet the 98-year old behind the “Gaia” hypothesis

<strong>A rave, in 1518</strong>. A woman stepped outside her house in Strasbourg and jigged for days on end. Hundreds joined in, some until they lost consciousness or died

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 14:40
A rave, in 1518. A woman stepped outside her house in Strasbourg and jigged for days on end. Hundreds joined in, some until they lost consciousness or died

Horror, wonder, awe. To observe <strong>jellyfish</strong> is to experience both the beauty and the danger of the natural world

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 14:40
Horror, wonder, awe. To observe jellyfish is to experience both the beauty and the danger of the natural world

The lone male artist has often been taken as a genius; the <strong>lone female artist</strong> as a muse or &ldquo;art monster.&rdquo; But art does not have to be masculine or feminine

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 14:40
The lone male artist has often been taken as a genius; the lone female artist as a muse or “art monster.” But art does not have to be masculine or feminine

Taken from his dorm at Moscow&rsquo;s Literary Institute in the middle of the night, <strong>Naum Korzhavin</strong> faced down his interrogators and survived. He &ldquo;won this idiocy contest&rdquo;

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 16:08
Taken from his dorm at Moscow’s Literary Institute in the middle of the night, Naum Korzhavin faced down his interrogators and survived. He “won this idiocy contest”

A campaign against humanity. Invalided from civil service for alcoholism, <strong>Flann O&rsquo;Brien</strong> turned his ire on publishers, television producers, and James Joyce

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 16:08
A campaign against humanity. Invalided from civil service for alcoholism, Flann O’Brien turned his ire on publishers, television producers, and James Joyce

<strong>Donald Hall</strong>&rsquo;s poetry could be dismissed as patriarchal, capitalist, and nationalist. But it also teaches persistence, practicality, and farsightedness

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 16:08
Donald Hall’s poetry could be dismissed as patriarchal, capitalist, and nationalist. But it also teaches persistence, practicality, and farsightedness

At the age of 38, <strong>Alexander Wilson</strong> was a middling poet with no scientific expertise. So how did he produce, over the next 10 years, his astounding ornithological writings?

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 16:52
At the age of 38, Alexander Wilson was a middling poet with no scientific expertise. So how did he produce, over the next 10 years, his astounding ornithological writings?

A farrago of politics, preaching, and fireworks. <strong><em>A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur&rsquo;s Court</em></strong> is the literary equivalent of the Fourth of July

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 16:52
A farrago of politics, preaching, and fireworks. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is the literary equivalent of the Fourth of July

The good life, according to <strong>Aztec philosophy</strong>: The goal was not the pursuit of perfection but rather rootedness, moderation, prudence, and courage

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 16:52
The good life, according to Aztec philosophy: The goal was not the pursuit of perfection but rather rootedness, moderation, prudence, and courage

The conflict between the <strong>sciences and the humanities</strong> isn't resolvable as long as we disagree about what it means to be an educated person

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:32
The conflict between the sciences and the humanities isn't resolvable as long as we disagree about what it means to be an educated person

&ldquo;Actuality is continually outdoing our talents,&rdquo; noted Philip Roth. This anxiety &mdash; that reality is more creative than fiction &mdash; is key to the work of <strong>Laurent Binet</strong>

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:32
“Actuality is continually outdoing our talents,” noted Philip Roth. This anxiety — that reality is more creative than fiction — is key to the work of Laurent Binet

<strong>Habsburg culture is back</strong>. Why? We're nostalgic for its glamour, and identify with the anxieties of the late imperial period: disorienting change in politics and society

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:32
Habsburg culture is back. Why? We're nostalgic for its glamour, and identify with the anxieties of the late imperial period: disorienting change in politics and society

On Instagram, half of all comments include an emoji. On Messenger, 5 billion emoji are sent and received every day. <strong>Is emoji a universal language?</strong> Or is it destroying language?

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:33
On Instagram, half of all comments include an emoji. On Messenger, 5 billion emoji are sent and received every day. Is emoji a universal language? Or is it destroying language?

Stephen Greenblatt's tour of <strong>Elizabethan-era tyranny</strong> is reassuring: Shakespeare believed that tyrants ultimately fail. But it is also deeply unconvincing

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:33
Stephen Greenblatt's tour of Elizabethan-era tyranny is reassuring: Shakespeare believed that tyrants ultimately fail. But it is also deeply unconvincing

In 1838, <strong>Fr&eacute;d&eacute;ric Chopin</strong> and <strong>George Sand</strong> went on vacation in Majorca. Thus began the most notoriously unsuccessful holiday in the history of classical music

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 10:33
In 1838, Frédéric Chopin and George Sand went on vacation in Majorca. Thus began the most notoriously unsuccessful holiday in the history of classical music

<strong>Balthus</strong> liked painting young girls, sometimes nude, often posed erotically. Should his artistic preoccupation be seen as a troubling personal one?

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 19:59
Balthus liked painting young girls, sometimes nude, often posed erotically. Should his artistic preoccupation be seen as a troubling personal one?

&ldquo;Writing about football is nonsense,&rdquo; writes <strong>Karl Ove Knausgaard</strong>, in a book about football. Before punk rock, cigarettes, and women, he found joy in the beautiful game

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 19:59
“Writing about football is nonsense,” writes Karl Ove Knausgaard, in a book about football. Before punk rock, cigarettes, and women, he found joy in the beautiful game

A boomlet of &ldquo;<strong>death of liberalism</strong>&rdquo; writing is underway. But look back: It first died in the 1870s and has been dying almost continuously since 1920

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 19:59
A boomlet of “death of liberalism” writing is underway. But look back: It first died in the 1870s and has been dying almost continuously since 1920

Life is awash with <strong>inducements to stupidity and greed</strong>. Witness how the global art market is too busy acquiring to think about much of anything else

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 20:41
Life is awash with inducements to stupidity and greed. Witness how the global art market is too busy acquiring to think about much of anything else