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When work changes, companies reward new ways of feeling about it. Enter <strong>corporate mindfulness</strong>. But what about when breathing exercises aren't enough?

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 17:38
When work changes, companies reward new ways of feeling about it. Enter corporate mindfulness. But what about when breathing exercises aren't enough?

<strong>People and apes</strong>. Their story is one of intimacy, estrangement, betrayal, and attempted reconciliation. It's also about what it means to be a person

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 15:42
People and apes. Their story is one of intimacy, estrangement, betrayal, and attempted reconciliation. It's also about what it means to be a person

The internet divides us; facts can make us dumber; debunking leads only to more bunk. Those are the tenets of our <strong>"post-truth" era</strong>. Don't believe them

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 15:42
The internet divides us; facts can make us dumber; debunking leads only to more bunk. Those are the tenets of our "post-truth" era. Don't believe them

<strong>Elizabeth Hardwick</strong> said real literature should elicit criticism worthy of the achievement in question. That meant, among other things, a stubborn commitment to good, clear prose

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 15:42
Elizabeth Hardwick said real literature should elicit criticism worthy of the achievement in question. That meant, among other things, a stubborn commitment to good, clear prose

<strong>Aharon Appelfeld</strong>, who died this week, didn't speak during the Holocaust. His accent would have given him away as a Jew. So he built a language all his own

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 17:40
Aharon Appelfeld, who died this week, didn't speak during the Holocaust. His accent would have given him away as a Jew. So he built a language all his own

<strong>Mencken</strong> once estimated that he had published some 10 to 15 million words, everywhere riddled with verbal obscurities: <em>Blattidae</em>, <em>chandala</em>, <em>chrestomathy</em>

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 17:40
Mencken once estimated that he had published some 10 to 15 million words, everywhere riddled with verbal obscurities: Blattidae, chandala, chrestomathy

There were 10 to 20 of them, scientists and philosophers. They met on Thursday evenings, calling themselves the <strong>Vienna Circle</strong>. We're still struggling with the aftermath

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 17:40
There were 10 to 20 of them, scientists and philosophers. They met on Thursday evenings, calling themselves the Vienna Circle. We're still struggling with the aftermath

<strong>W.S. Graham</strong> was a poet's poet. Everything he did was as an artist. Confronting his own death, he wrote a poem, finally allowing his frailty to be seen

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 19:03
W.S. Graham was a poet's poet. Everything he did was as an artist. Confronting his own death, he wrote a poem, finally allowing his frailty to be seen

<strong>F. Scott Fitzgerald</strong> claimed to have left the Catholic church in 1917. But his commitment to its rituals, as well as the moral urgency of his writing, suggests that he never escaped its influence

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 19:03
F. Scott Fitzgerald claimed to have left the Catholic church in 1917. But his commitment to its rituals, as well as the moral urgency of his writing, suggests that he never escaped its influence

Defying the finger-wagging consensus that rational eating means nutrition over pleasure, Henry Finck, a music critic, undertook a new crusade: showing Americans <strong>how to savor flavor</strong>

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 19:03
Defying the finger-wagging consensus that rational eating means nutrition over pleasure, Henry Finck, a music critic, undertook a new crusade: showing Americans how to savor flavor

Descartes tended to brush aside critics of his ideas. But when in 1643 a young woman wrote to raise some questions, <strong>Descartes listened</strong>

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 19:35
Descartes tended to brush aside critics of his ideas. But when in 1643 a young woman wrote to raise some questions, Descartes listened

<strong>Biographers</strong>: Henry James feared them as predators. James Joyce ridiculed them as &ldquo;biografiends.&rdquo; Saul Bellow compared them to coffin-makers

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 19:35
Biographers: Henry James feared them as predators. James Joyce ridiculed them as “biografiends.” Saul Bellow compared them to coffin-makers

Think of how readily we accept <strong>what a female writer is</strong>, or should be. Women are best at looking inward; men are truth-tellers. Women feel, men report

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 19:35
Think of how readily we accept what a female writer is, or should be. Women are best at looking inward; men are truth-tellers. Women feel, men report

<strong>The house <em>Lolita</em> built</strong>. Walter Minton was introduced to Nabokov's book by an exotic dancer. Other publishers wouldn't touch it. He saw a marketer&rsquo;s dream

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 18:27
The house Lolita built. Walter Minton was introduced to Nabokov's book by an exotic dancer. Other publishers wouldn't touch it. He saw a marketer’s dream

<strong>Reading aloud</strong> is slow, but it used to be the norm. The rise of the novel was what shifted reading habits toward private and speedier consumption

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 18:27
Reading aloud is slow, but it used to be the norm. The rise of the novel was what shifted reading habits toward private and speedier consumption

<em>Liberty Under the Soviets</em>, published in 1928, is a remarkable book. How rare to witness the mind of a man doing his best to ignore that <strong>his faith is a lie</strong>

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 18:27
Liberty Under the Soviets, published in 1928, is a remarkable book. How rare to witness the mind of a man doing his best to ignore that his faith is a lie

<p>Foucault is best known as a <strong>philosopher of power</strong>. Yet he did not offer a philosophy of power, refusing to develop an overarching theory. How is this possible?</p>

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 17:32

Foucault is best known as a philosopher of power. Yet he did not offer a philosophy of power, refusing to develop an overarching theory. How is this possible?

<p>Jerry Coyne, an evolutionary biologist, has read hundreds of <strong>books about Darwin&nbsp;</strong>and his work. Many are not good, but A.N. Wilson's is by far the worst</p>

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 17:32

Jerry Coyne, an evolutionary biologist, has read hundreds of books about Darwin and his work. Many are not good, but A.N. Wilson's is by far the worst

We have inherited a lot from <strong>Martin Luther</strong>, but we misunderstand him. He was not a prophet of modernity but a fear-driven fanatic, a case study in how the reactionary mind-set evolves

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 17:32
We have inherited a lot from Martin Luther, but we misunderstand him. He was not a prophet of modernity but a fear-driven fanatic, a case study in how the reactionary mind-set evolves

<strong>Cass Sunstein</strong> on his time in Washington: "It&rsquo;s my job to put ideas out there. If that comes with the risk that someone is gonna do something horrible with it, well, that&rsquo;s life&rdquo;

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 19:30
Cass Sunstein on his time in Washington: "It’s my job to put ideas out there. If that comes with the risk that someone is gonna do something horrible with it, well, that’s life”